_Like Crazy, Gnomes and Gnomettes!
· Identify forms in artworks
· Produce a ceramic sculpture
· Longhorn white clay
· Clay tools
· Paper towels
· Images of gnomes and samples
This is a 2-3 week project. I researched gnomes before the lesson. I found several images and made them into a Power Point presentation. I also found the history of gnomes and added that information into the presentation. I showed the Power Point and then samples of completed gnomes and gnomettes. We talked about the 3 types of gnomes, workers, leisure, and culture. Kids had seen the movie, Gnomeo, which had recently been out at the theaters. Then we began to form our gnomes or gnomettes. I gave the kids about a ½ lb of clay and we divided it into 3 parts. We made all three into pinch pots. One was the body, one was the head, and one was the hat. We did not make legs…they look cuter without the legs. We scored the top of the body and attached the head. Student added noses and ears by pinching or adding clay. Then we pinched the last pot into a pointed hat,scored it, and attached it to the head. The kids could get more clay and use a garlic press and other tools to add mustaches, hair, belts, etc. to their gnomes. Each one is unique. Then I fired them. We painted them with acrylic paint and then I had the kids paint them with tempera varnish. Some I spray painted with gloss clear paint. They could be glazed and fired if so desired. I did not want to refire them so this was easier for me. The kids loved the gnomes. Most kids gave their gnomes to mom or grandma for a flower pot or garden. Too, too cute!
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