Monday, February 7, 2011

Form and Shape Clay Houses with Maud Lewis

Two week Project to allow for a bisque fire in between lessons

DISCUSSION:  Clay: what is it? Where does it come from?
what can you make with it?
when you make things with clay are they flat like paper?
Mrs. Brown says you have been talking about houses
what does a house need to be a house from the outside?
windows: what shape: square, rectangle
door: rectangle
roof: triangle
ARTIST: Maud Lewis
Folk Artist 
Nova Scotia, Canada
Born in Ohio
She suffered from disabilities as a result of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
lived most of her life in poverty with her husband in Marshalltown. 
he began her artistic career by hand-drawing Christmas cards. 
These proved popular with her husband's customers as he sold fish door to door and encouraged her to begin painting. 
She used bright colors in her paintings and subjects were often of oxen teams, horses, or cats. 
All of her paintings are of outdoor scenes. 
Her house was one-room with a sleeping loft and is now located in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.
Most of Maud Lewis' paintings are quite small - often no larger than eight by ten inches
She is known to have done at least three paintings 16 inches by 20 inches. 
Her technique consisted of first drawing an outline and then applying paint directly out of the tube. 
She never mixed colors.
She painted on everything in the home as she often did not have enough money to buy supplies
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PROJECT: create a clay house like Maud Lewis
Step1: Roll out the clay and warm it up
Step2: Flatten the clay and make a flat square
Step3: use your toothpick to draw in a triangle roof
Step4: draw in windows
Step5: draw in the door
Step6: add texture to the roof
Step7: Draw in some pictures on the house like maud lewis
Popsicle sticks

Second week: DISCUSSION: Ceramics: throwing on a wheel 
Hand building (we did hand building)
Kiln: Fire Clay so it become hard 
Shrinks in the kiln
First fire is a bisque fire
Glaze Paint like substance that turns to glass when heated
Glaze fire in the kiln to cause it to change to glass
Glaze WILL fuse to shelves of the kiln : 
ARTIST: SALLY RUSSELL   (A California Ceramics leader)
Sally Russell was born in San Francisco 
Sally’s affinity for vivid colors, organic textures and playful patterns 
She credits her parents with cultivating her creative spirit 
Sally had a flourishing career in the competitive world of fine art. 
Her larger-than-life size papier-mache sculptures and whimsical ceramic totems, some reaching 12 feet in height.
Creating and selling her line of ceramic dinnerware was initially a way for Sally to finance her fine art, but the thriving business has now become her focus. 
 "I've always played with irregular textures, colors and patterns, and bringing these elements to everyday objects seems to be a natural extension of what I am already doing with my fine art."
Sally studied fine arts and studio arts at both Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Sally Russell lives in Carmel Valley
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PROJECT: Glaze your bisque fired pieces and place them on the cart to go to the kiln
PREPARATION: I have found the best way to have students glaze their artwork is to create a table for each color of glaze and the children walk from table to table to complete their piece.  Foe example: at the "red" table there would be a large cup of red glaze with 5 or 6 brushes. Under the cup would be a piece of red construction paper so that students will know what color they are using. 

Bisque fired clay pieces, 
        Glaze in primary, secondary, black and white. 
        large plastic cups

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