The following are the Power Standards that I follow during the month of January. In January, all elementary teachers in our district are working with clay at the same time. We do not spread it out through the year. We do all grade levels in one month. Do you now understand my Clayfobia?
Each month, our art department plans together beforehand to share ideas. I, as the department facilitator, make a planning matrix that helps everyone brainstorm ideas. We meet weekly as a department to collaborate. It’s wonderful. Wouldn’t you love to have the masterminds of 7 amazing art teachers each week to help you refine your practice? Throw in a little organization from yours truly to gather our thoughts and we are truly an unstoppable team!
Here is an example of the ideas we generated according to the above Power Standards for our month of clay in January. I hope these ideas get you thinking of new clay projects and the important clay methods that can be taught through each project.
Below are the projects that I chose to do for each grade level…As you can see, each teacher can choose the project they want, as long as it fulfills the skill for that grade. More details to come on these projects, planning for clay, and more in the upcoming posts. Consider it an appetizer.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Variety of Pinch Pot Projects
2nd Grade: Coil Pots in Red Earthenware Clay
3rd Grade: Slab Clay Clastles
4th Grade: Thiebaud Inspired Clay Cupcake Containers
5th Grade: Pop Art Clay Food….
You’ll have wait on this one… Big Suprise!
So, there you have it. A clay curriculum with a little bit for everyone.
Much, much more to come with details of each project and the planning behind.
Do you get any common planning time with other art teachers? Tell me about it!