Creature Pot Lesson


Grade level: 7th

Number of class periods: 7 days

Class length: 55 min

Specific objectives/outcomes:

1.Student will discover how to attach two pieces of clay together by slipping and scoring

2.Students will learn the process clay takes (wet, leather hard, bone dry, fired bisque ware)

3.Students will learn to manipulate clay in sculpting animal forms.

4.Students will learn how to paint contrast on a three dimensional object.

5.Ceramic history

Prior knowledge

1.Students will be using prior contrast techniques in painting their creature. Dark vs. light, warm vs. cool, dull vs. bright.

Materials needed:


2.Rolling pin




6.Paper towel

7.Plastic bag

8.Dry wall square

Vocabulary concepts:



Procedures for the classroom:

Stetting up the project

For day one I will show slides of previously created pinch pot creatures. This will help the student to visualize the project we will be making. Also during this time students will begin thinking about the animal they will be creating.

Day two of project I will begin the class with a Power Point presentation on ceramic vocabulary, careers, and history. Then demonstrates how to create a creature pot. I will demonstrate how to attach two pieces of clay together using the score and slip method. I will then demonstrate how to make arms and legs using a coil method. I will also demonstrate how to add fine details like the eyes, ears, and mouth.

Students will

Day one

1.Walk the kids step by step how to make a pinch pot

a.Make a ball with clay (golf ball size)

b.Smooth out cracks

c.Stick thumb in ball to make a mushroom

d.Pinching and rotating

e.With thumb you can press lower sides and pinch up

f.Plop to flatten bottom and top edge


a.Flat slab or another pinch pot

3. Write a list if they know the animal they want to do.

Day two

1.Slip and score

a.Have students gather for demo

b.Using a paperclip tool scratch (score) area were you would attach another piece of clay.

c.Put a generous amount of slip on the scored area.

2.Demonstrate molding clay to form animal features

a.Slabs to make ears

b.Poke hole for eyes insert ball into hole with slip.

c. Coils to make legs and arms

Days 3-7

Students will work at their own pace creating a complete creature pot. (7th day is last day for wet clay)

2 weeks

Let projects dry out for 2weeks then fire them in the kiln at cone 5.

Paint projects.

1.Projects will be painted in a way that creates contrast between body parts like arms and legs.

2.Students will mix several different values of the same color.

3.Students will cover their projects with varnish to seal paint.

Clean up:

Put materials in designated area and place work on art shelf.

Work must be on a piece of drywall and cover with a moist paper towel and plastic bag.



Craftsmanship and color

Adaptation for students with special needs:

Shape pot on elbow instead of making pinch pot.

Wear gloves for those with tactile problems


Check to see if students are staying on task, using materials apparently, and following instructions.


When their projects are finished I will have a one on one critique with them. I will ask them if they attached pieces correctly using the score and slip method (are they falling off or not can I see seams).

Dose their creature pot sit upright on its own?

Did they rush the painting process (is it sloppy)?

Dose the creature have contrast (warm vs. cool, dark vs. light, dull vs. bright)

Did they add detail (pattern, texture, extra elements that enhance the project)?

This critique will help the student evaluate his or her own work



Middle School Visual Arts

Content Standard 1: All students will apply skills and knowledge to perform in the arts.

ART.I.VA.M.1Select materials, techniques, media technology, and processes to achieve desired effects.

ART.I.VA.M.2Use art materials and tools safely and responsibly to communicate experiences and ideas.

ART.I.VA.M.4Be involved in the process and presentation of a final product or exhibit.

Content Standard 2: All students will apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts.

ART.II.VA.M.1Select materials, techniques, and processes to effectively communicate ideas.

ART.II.VA.M.2Employ organizational principles and analyze what makes them effective or not in the communication of ideas.

ART.II.VA.M.3Integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in artworks.

ART.II.VA.M.4Use subjects, themes, and symbols that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

Content Standard 3:  All students will analyze, describe and evaluate works

of art.

ART.III.VA.M.3Describe how materials, techniques, technology, and processes cause responses.

Content Standard 4: All students will understand, analyze, and describe the

arts in their historical, social, and cultural contexts.

ART.IV.VA.M.1Know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures.

ART.IV.VA.M.3Analyze, describe, and demonstrate how factors of time and place (such as climate, resources, ideas, and technology) influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art.

Content Standard 5: All students will recognize, analyze, and describe

connections among the arts; between the arts and other disciplines;

between the arts and everyday life.

ART.V.VA.M.2Describe and compare skills involved in arts-related and visual arts careers.