Lesson Plan: Van Gogh's Sunflower Ceramic Relief

Van Gogh's Sunflower Ceramic Relief

MonaSubmitted by: Jan Hillmer, Visual Arts Specialist Berkeley Preparatory School
UNIT: Impressionists and post impressionists -Ceramics
Grade Level: Elementary (Jan did this with third grade)

 

Procedures:

Distribute clay. Have students create slabs approx ½" (1.3 cm) thick. Add and subtract clay to create sunflowers. Add Hanging device (hole can be made with straw - or insert a high fire wire loop on the back). Allow to dry. Fire. Glaze as desired.

 

Objectives:

Students will create sunflower drawings and relief elements on clay using a variety of tools to obtain textures. Students will observe Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings carefully - compare to work by Georgia O'Keeffe and Monet.

 

Materials:

Moist Clay., Clay Modeling Tools., Canvas Rolls., slip dishes, Glazes. (or Underglazes.), Kiln.

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Instructional Resources:

Pictures of Van Gogh's Sunflower paintings (PowerPoint - This was not submitted with the lesson. You will have to create your own.) - Georgia O'Keeffe's sunflowers and Monet's flower painting. Actual flowers (or silk flowers) for study.

 

1 Vocabulary:
Impressionists, Post Impressionists, clay, score and Slip., fire, glaze. Texture, additive and subtractive methods of working with clay, relief.

 

Prints

Instruction/Motivation:

  1. Show Van Gogh’s flowers. [If you need a print, see links above] Compare and contrast Sunflowers with Monet flowers and O’Keeffe's sun flowers. Discuss how Van Gogh used texture in his paintings.

  2. Science integration - discuss parts of flowers (use real flowers if possible).

  3. Demo clay slabs, scoring and slipping, additive and subtractive clay methods.

Closure:

Compare and contrast slabs with paintings. Does the student demonstrate a variety of textures in their work?

 

Evaluation:

Did students create textured works of sunflowers? Did students use both additive and subtractive methods of clay work? Did students exhibit craftsmanship in working with clay and glazing?

 

 


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