One in-service, three new lesson plans!  In this three hour in-service, Bracker’s staff will instruct teachers in three texture-related lesson plans utilizing AMACO texture molds, clay and standard studio tools.

Throughout history, artists from around the world have created symbols and images that reflect their culture. Many of their ideas were inspired by their environment and beliefs. Their artwork is a visual record of their time and culture. Because of this record we have a better understanding of how they lived. We know that the Koi fish is often represented in the artwork from Asia. Aboriginal artists painted simple shapes and dots on their work as well as aquatic and human forms. Islamic artists created very ornate patterns that were inspired by nature.Those patterns can still be seen today in the buildings that have survived time. Pre-Columbian artists incorporated ornate geometric patterns in their work. They also carved ferocious animals and mythological creatures onto the walls of stone temples.

The AMACO® multicultural textures can be used to reinforce your classrooms study of cultures from around the world.


Lesson Goals and Objectives:

1. Students will create a clay vessel using textured slabs with patterns from a variety of cultures.
2. Students will learn proper slab-building techniques to create the vessels.
3. Students will use paint to finish and personalize their work.
4. The lesson incorporates art history, aesthetics, and criticism with a hands-on activity.
5. Students will be able to identify patterns and visual styles from different cultures.


National Visual Arts Standards Addressed:

1. Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and culture.
2. Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes.
3. Using knowledge of structures and functions.
4. Choosing a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.
5. Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics of artwork.
6. Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines.

AMACO provides all supplies for this in-service, which enables Bracker’s to provide this opportunity for professional development for only  a reimbursement fee of $15/hour (including drive time) and 55¢/mile

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*this information is copyright AMACO… Bracker’s has republished it here from AMACO’s website with permission.

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