Submitted by: Jan Hillmer, Visual Arts Specialist Berkeley Preparatory School UNIT: Impressionists and post impressionists -Ceramics Grade Level: Elementary (Jan did this with third grade)
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.
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.
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.
Impressionists, Post Impressionists, clay, score and Slip, fire, glaze. Texture, additive and subtractive methods of working with clay, relief.