Contrast through Clay

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Contrast through Clay




Many learners struggle with new processes. Their lack of experience often translates into unsuccessful results and, at times, may deter them from continuing to practice a process. By studying the myriad of conflicts that occur internally and externally, the learners will discover that overcoming challenges strengthens skills, character, and emotional intelligence. By repurposing “failed” examples from the early attempts of throwing clay into an interesting sculpture, learners will create a physical and visual representation of their perseverance through conflict.


Lane Laney


“The Dutch Wives,” Jasper Johns (1980.7)
“Gravura 52,” Roberto de LaMonica (1967.6)
“Portrait of an Artist,” Mauricio Lasansky (1963.26)


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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7 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
VAH2-1.2 Describe the ways that different materials, techniques, and processes evoke different responses in one who is creating or viewing artworks.
VAH2-1.3 Communicate ideas through the effective use of a variety of materials, techniques, and processes in works of visual art.
VAH2-3.1 Explore the sources of the subject matter and the ideas in variety of works of visual art.

Integrated CCSS:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience


• look at and discuss the ways that conflict is represented in art
• apply throwing techniques on the potter’s wheel to pull a series of bowls, vases, and cups
• apply surface decoration and slipping-and-scoring techniques to construct a sculpture from unsuccessful pieces
• compose a written pledge about experiencing, understanding, and overcoming conflict


potter’s wheels, clay (low grout content), assorted clay tools and glazes, kiln

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