So I spent part of this winter break prepping for the next project for my 3D Design class. We’ll be making polymer clay bowls, which I’ve never taught before. I also had to teach myself how to create canes and then make the bowl using a mold. It’s actually quite fun and if I had my own set of clay, I’d make some for my own.
I’m excited to teach it, but I thought it would make sense if I reviewed color theory first. So students will learn how to mix paint to make color schemes and learn vocabulary. Although they will not be painting the clay (polymer clay is already colored), they’ll need to know effective/not-effective color combos for the canes. AND when we do our papier-mache project, they’ll be painting the work, so I figured we’ll tackle all the color stuff first.
I still need to fire their clay work (long story short, they weren’t ready to fire before we left for winter break), and then students will glaze one of their projects (again, a different lesson in color but I’ve taught glazing before). They will be painting their masks using a special technique in acrylic (which I need to learn first!).
Here’s one of the bowls I created…the canes are still on the mold and I know if I had planned the design of the canes and choose an actual color scheme (which will be required of my students), the bowl would’ve turned out much better.
And a few canes…they were my first so they’re a little amateurish. I’m hoping I’ll learn from my students!
Prior to even planning their bowls, students will create a kaleidoscope drawing. It’s only supposed to take a day, and I wasn’t sure if I should include this little project, but I think it’s a good introduction to thinking about radial balance.