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Monday, March 16, 2015

Shawsheen 1st Graders Learn the Art of Pinch Pot Creation

First grade students at Shawsheen had the opportunity to explore clay while making pinch pots in art class. A pinch pot is a simple technique that has been used since ancient times by cultures all over the world. It is still a common process used today by many ceramic artists. We started by discussing clay and where it comes from. Many students were excited to hear that it is a natural material found in the ground. We imagined what it was like for ancient people to have to dig up their own clay! We also read a great book titled The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, illustrated by David Diaz. The book tells the story of the Mexican ceramic artists Juan Quezada and how he creates his beautiful artwork from scratch. Once the students created their clay vessels and let them dry, we were able to add some color with tempura paint. With this step, students build on their knowledge of the color wheel and were asked to split up their warm and cool colors on their pot. Finally, after some Mod Podge and glitter, of course, their beautiful pots were completed!Three Column HTML Layout

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