Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Mayhem: Clay work inspired by artist James DeRosso!

This was my first time working with clay for multiple days in class, well only two, but it was still a really big deal for me! I have so many students and not as much space so organizing everything was really hard for me but worth it!

I found this artist named James DeRosso who creates these AMAZING clay monsters! Here is a video that is great to introduce him to your class here. The process was really easy, using slabs to create the cylinder and then attaching pieces using score & slip.  

My teacher examples.
Student work!
Student work starting to dry.
More student work!


Table set up!
Storing over 200 pieces of clay takes WORK.

Lots of WORK, and no I did not stand on a chair to
get those bags up there. SAFETY FIRST!

What is the clay project that you enjoy teaching most? Any suggestions on storage solutions?

11 comments:

  1. Where can I find the video that you mentioned?

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    1. In the sentence that I mention the video the last word is HERE. That is a link to the video! Sorry if that was unclear!

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    1. Hi there Kaitlyn! I teach middle school so a mixture of 6th, 7th and 8th graders designed these clay pieces. It can probably be adapted for a 5th grade class as well.

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    2. Perfect! I plan to do them with 6th graders. I can't wait to start them and the kids are excited too! Thanks for sharing!

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    3. I'm so excited for you! Make some extras for your admin team, they really enjoyed having a little gift from the students. ;) Also if you have a blog I'd love to be able to share it here when you finish so please let me know!

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  3. That link is still unclear to me... perhaps it won't work from a smartphone? Lovely work!

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  4. That link is still unclear to me... perhaps it won't work from a smartphone? Lovely work!

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  5. Try this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hjIhqrC_WY

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  6. If you haven't found a solution to the clay storage...I bought a 4x8' shelf board, only 1/4 inch thick. I had them cut into 8x10". I often have kids that work as a table to store their work on one board, then bag. Makes handing out easier, too. Still lots of space, but isn't all 3D work?!
    Loved the inspiration!

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