Ceramic Mug- Pattern and Contrast
In this lesson we learned how to build a clay mug using hand-building techniques specific to clay work. The students designed their own pattern after reviewing some past student examples. Once the mug is built and the pattern is applied to the mug the students will apply black glaze to the areas that are recessed (their pattern) and find ways to accentuate their pattern through contrast.
This lesson was concluded with a best in show gallery walk. Students each got six icons and were to place them at other students work based on the icon criteria. For example one of the icons was a dollar bill and the criteria was "I would pay a lot of money for this because:" Students would place the icon then write on their critique sheet that displayed their renditions of the icons at the matching icon why they placed that award with that work. I feel that this is a great method of critiquing as it incorporates literacy as well as movement. It also allows students to get away from their own work and think about others in a critical but positive way. Some students chose not to participate, I feel that their experience was lessened because of their choice.
Photography 1 FCHS
In this lesson students were to address emotion through photography. Students were working in digital format for this half of the semester, so they were also asked to employ techniques learned in Photoshop. Students were to make 20 photographic images, upload images to the school server, then edit and add creative filters to one of their choosing that illustrated the emotion they chose.
This lesson also concluded with a critique. The approach was a little different in that the students laid out their work and filled out the top portion of their critique sheet. This portion described what they were trying to portray, what techniques they used and what kind of suggestions or feedback they were looking for. This sheet had about 10 questions on it, each question the students had to get up and walk to another work then answer the question. The idea was to get them thinking about the works before we got into a large group to talk about each one. I feel that I should have had them get into pairs to talk about the work instead of the whole group. This class is small but it may have still felt overwhelming to talk out to the group. This critique did not go as well as it could have, but it is a lesson learned. I hope to give this critique style a little love and try it again with another group.