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Personal Story Sculpture

Submitted by: Mark Alexander – ART
Sixth Grade Personal Story Sculpture: A Narrative Ceramic Vessel


NAME_______________________________________________ CLASS___________________


Your project grade ___________


Write a true story about an event that has happened to you. The story should include only the most interesting facts of the event. Include a beginning, middle and end of the story, including a statement about how the story has had an impact on your life. The story rough draft must be completed before beginning the sculpture.

  1. The story final draft will be due with the finished sculpture. The final draft must be suitable for display with the sculpture. The final draft will be at least three paragraphs long, but shorter than one page long. The story must be double spaced 12 point Times New Roman with 1" (2.5 cm) top & bottom and 1.25" (3.2 cm) side margins (default). Your name, grade and story title must also be at the top, in 12 point Times New Roman. Class time will not be used to write the story.


  2. Planning sketches of your ideas for the sculpture are also due before beginning the sculpture. These sketches should include Façade (front), Plan (top), and Perspective (angled) views of the sculpture to describe your 3D idea on 2D paper. These sketches should help you work out appropriate symbols for interesting points in your story. It is OK if your sculpture turns out differently than the sketches, but you must start with a plan.

  3. Begin the sculpture by creating a vessel (container) using one of the three classic hand-building techniques: coil, slab, or pinch style construction. Don’t forget wedging all Moist Clay first! Then use the score and slip technique to appliqué attachments. Fine-tune the sculpture using the subtractive technique of carving, and then finish it by burnishing, so that all of the shapes, forms and surface textures are intentional and appropriate for your story.

  4. You will use Underglazes for color. These are painted on the bisque-ware, and then coated with clear Glazes.. Be sure you use two coats of underglaze for good color. The sealant coat of Clear Glaze. must also be thick enough to turn out even and to fill all cracks and crevices. Do not glaze the bottom.

  5. The following self-critique, the sculpture, and the final draft of the story will be required for grading at the one-on-one conference with me at the end of the project.


[1-100] Your grade_________ Teacher grade_________


1. Effort (Did you follow instructions? Were all steps of the project turned in on time? Did you remain on task in every class? Did you treat materials and tools respectfully? Did you begin clean-up when instructed? Did you remain orderly and efficient during clean-up?)

[1-30] Your score__________ Teacher score__________


2. Technique (Did you create a well constructed slab, pinch, or coil vessel? Did you use even thickness clay throughout sculpture? Are all joints and seams strong? Are all textures intentional and appropriate for your story? Did you apply glazes thick enough to make good color and seal all cracks and crevices? Did you keep all glaze off the bottom?)

[1-25] Your score__________ Teacher score__________


3. Story (Did story have an impact on your life? Did you state only the most interesting facts? Does your story have a beginning, middle and end? Is your story at least three paragraphs but less than one page long? Is it in the correct format: double spaced 12 point Times New Roman with 1" top & bottom and 1.25" side margins?)

[1-20] Your score__________ Teacher score__________


4. Elements & Principles (Does sculpture have interesting shapes and forms and pleasing rhythm, movement and balance when viewed from all sides? Does sculpture design move the viewer’s eye to the emphasized story illustration? Is sculpture pleasing to hold and view?

[1-25] Your score__________ Teacher score__________