Thursday, March 10, 2016

8th Grade Clay Slab Bio Boxes

I inherited my middle school art classroom from a phenomenal art teacher, who is now a ceramics teacher at the high school in my district. Her strength is definitely clay and my students love her. Needless to say, I had to find a fun ceramic project to grab my students because they expected something awesome.

I searched for a while and I totally fell in love with the idea of slab boxes. Here and here are some great examples via the web with student work. I initially hoped for these slab boxes to be narrative, explaining in depth things about my students lives. We talked about symbols and how they could relate to them. However as this project progressed it kind of morphed into things my students enjoyed like dirt bikes and ice cream cones and I am totally okay with that. 

This student transferred an image using a computer print out and a needle tool, amazing job.

I was really excited about the slab box in the back. The lid broke into two and instead of flipping out this student chose to put teeth on it and make it look intentional.



Below is the rubric that we used, feel free to grab it!

8th Grade Narrative Slab Box Assessment Rubric
Good 9
Basic 8
Needs Improvement 7 or below
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Teacher rating
Student created a slab box that was 4x4 inches on each side,  free of cracks and bumps, with smooth texture.

Student created 5 different sides with symbols describing the artist.

Student was on task for the entire project, slipping and scoring work properly, using clay correctly and treating others with respect.

Student had at least 3 sides with raised images. And used the needle tool correctly for small details.

Student participated in class critique.

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