Course Description


Unit 5 - Sculpture




Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Form

Principles of Design: Emphasis, Unity, Balance, Variety


Example of Finished Artwork:


Content Objective: 

We will learn about clay and how to build different ways. We will learn how to build a clay frame from a slab and create additive and subtractive texture. We will learn about the color resist technique.


I will create a clay frame experimenting with additive & subtractive texture and color resist.  


Language Objective: 

Listening: Demonstrate how to roll a slab and cut out the clay frame. Demonstrate how to attach additive texture to the frame.

Learning Strategies: Learn how to attach additive texture to the frame and carve.

Speaking: Students will speak to each other about where to add the additive texture (areas where the frame could be weak)


Direct Instruction/Lesson Presentation: 

Day 1 – teach students about the rules of clay and the different stages of clay. 

Demonstrate how to roll out a slab and cut out the frame. 

Demonstrate how to place the frame in the holder and then begin building the additive texture. Demonstrate how to attach the additive texture. Remind students to NEVER pick up their sculpture. 

All work must be done in the container. Remind students to lay a moist paper towel on top to keep it moist until next time.


Day 2 – re-demonstrate how to attach the additive texture. 

Remind students to not pick up their frame. Allow students to work. 

Remind to place moist paper towel on top


Day 3 – last day to work. Subtractive texture should be done at this time. Let clay air dry for bisque fire


Day 4 – Demonstrate how to color the bisque fired clay carefully with prismacolor color stix

 Day 5 – Finish coloring and have students come to the sinks to paint their watered down acrylic for wax resist.

Day 6 – Paint with modge podge. Let dry


Day 7 – attach batik to the back of the frame and DONE!


Scripted Questions: 

What is sculpture ? (K-5)

What are the different kinds and ways to create sculpture? (K-5)

What is the difference between additive and subtractive sculpture? (4-5)

What are ceramics? (K-5)

What are ceramic techniques? (slab, pinch and pull, slip and score, coil) (K-5)

How does the artist have to think differently about creating 3- dimensional artwork versus 2-dimensional artwork? (K-5)

Using historical artworks, how can sculpture be observed and described? (K-5)


Art Vocabulary:
Sculpture:  assemble, texture, balance, symmetry, asymmetry, proportion, greenware, bisque, glaze ware, ceramics, form, additive, subtractive


Assessment of learning (formative/summative):
The students learned about clay and how to build different ways. The students learned how to build a clay frame from a slab and created additive and subtractive texture. The students learned about the color resist technique.


Lesson Materials:
1 slab of Armadillo white clay per student, 2 pencils per student, rolling pin, 1 plate and lid per student for storage, carving tools, slip, prismacolor color stix, a variety of colors of watered down acrylic paint.