Coil Pots

Posted: May 24th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


Fourth grade students were shown the basics of coil pot construction.  They used a pinch pot as a base and then added height with coils.  To add variety students used coil that were thick and thin as well as circles and spirals.  Some students chose to add lids to their pots.

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Clay Rattles

Posted: May 24th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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Fifth grade students learned how to construct a rattle using two pinch pots and small beads of clay.  The clay beads were wrapped in tissue paper and placed inside the two pinch pots that were attached to make a hollow body .  Once they formed the rattle part, they had a choice of what to turn their rattle into.   By gently pulling and pressing the rattle base students were able to transform their rattles into abstract characters, bears, cats, lizards, a car and more!  The students did a great job scoring their parts before attaching them and were careful not to make parts too thin-making for a successful, musical art project!

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Space…the final frontier, part 2

Posted: May 21st, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto

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Every year students participate in a drawing contest for aviation week.  This year Aviation Week coincided with Space Week.  Students created drawings using oil pastels and/or watercolor washes.


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Space…the last frontier!

Posted: May 21st, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


During the first week of May this year, RSU #1 was fortunate to have a Space Week.  Our elementary students were treated to a presentation by an astronaut.  Students were also learning about space in a literacy unit.  Prior to the event, kindergarten students created a multi-media space-scape.  We used white paint and a toothbrush to create the Milky Way, paper, crayons and textured rubbing plates to make planets and cut paper and oil pastels for the space shuttles.  Sparkly stars were created using shaped sequins.   As you can see, the results are out of this world!

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Up, Up and Away

Posted: May 7th, 2010 by Rosemary Polizotto


In RSU #1 second grade students study birds in science.  Near the end of the unit, we created bird sculptures using newspaper, cardboard, feathers, colored paper and paper mache.  Our birds have all the characteristics that make it a bird, but students used artistic license in their color and/or pattern choices to create unique birds that have yet to be discovered!

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110 Comments | Filed under Curriculum Connections, Sculpture, Second Grade