Lesson: Pop Art Food Sculptures
It may be considered a crime to have this much fun at school- For both the teacher and the student!
5th Grade studetns planned, labled and prepped for making their CHOICE of food item out of clay. They had to show me via a planning sheet which clay techniques they would use to create each part of their food item. Each plan had to get the “Stamp of Approval” from me. They had two, 45 minute class periods to work, and then we glazed and displayed them like a cafe in the media center. I even made a “Menu” of clay skills, such as “Pinch Pot on a Stick” and “Slab Sandwiches.”
Enjoy the Delicious Views!
One of the best things about this lesson, is the display is getting people TALKING about art. They can’t walk by and not take a look. It’s irrisitable. I already have 4th graders planning what they are going to make next year. Talk about engaged learners! If I can do this with 30 5th graders in a class, you can, too! A quick shout out to a couple of my teammates, Allison and Michelle, (two amazing rockin art teachers) who had done this lesson in prior years. Thank you for all of your tips and tricks to help this lesson go smoothly and for helping me get out of my comfort zone with clay! (Don’t’ forget, I suffer from Clayfobia!)
So, what did this lesson teach?
- Problem Solving Skills (With each student doing something different, I could not solve all of their issues, they had to figure it out)
- Planning Skills (Students had to plan everything out and strategically think about how they would construct something. I was nervous about it, but the plans really helped to focus kids)
- Creation (Kids had to think about what method would best represent each food item, and how to make it look as realistic as possible)
- Synthesis (Taking knowledge built from their K-4 art experience in clay and combining all of their prior knowledge to synthesize their knowledge.
- Display and Aesthetics (Students were asked to think about what type of display would best represent their item. Usually the teacher worries about the display- this time the kids had an active role)