My at-risk students are 7th and 8th grade highly motivated art students with about 80% receiving free or reduced price lunch. Art class is the only opportunity many of my students have to express their creativity. Most do not have art materials at home.
With a budget of $3 per student, stocking the art room with creative supplies can be difficult.
I try to provide my students with inspiring and authentic art experiences despite our minimal budget. They are very appreciative when they have quality materials to create their art with.
In the art room, we study science with a hands-on, real-life, project-based approach. Students will discuss, predict, and later witness as their clay project metamorphosizes into a vitrified piece of ceramic art as it turns from clay to ceramic material. This is what STEM is all about in the art room!
These glazes will allow us to hypothesize and experiment with layering glazes to test for interactions; we will use various colorful glazes to add color and pizzazz to our projects, at the same time learning about how minerals in ceramic glazes transform, change color, and interact in the extreme temperatures of the kiln.
We also learn about thermal shock and how to keep it from harming our projects.
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