I AM A COIL POT – Metaphor, Identity, Colour

In this 3-part lesson students use air dry clay to create a coil pot that is a personal metaphor, and use acrylic paint to colour it symbolically. Then they decorate a piece of paper that connects with their clay pot and use it to write an artist statement that describes their process and intentions.

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I AM A COIL POT – Metaphor, Identity, Colour

Supplies:

  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay 1.13 kg White
  • Crayola Acrylic Paint - 6 Count
  • Crayola Variety Brush Set - 5 Count
  • Crayola Markers - 16 Count
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Lids for Palettes - about 12 cm (4.5") Diameter
  • Plastic Containers - about 12 cm (4.5") Diameter - 1 per student
  • Small Pieces of Sponge - about 3 cm x 4 cm (1" x 1.5") 1 per student
 

Steps:

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Step 1

​PART ONE

  1. Use the How to Make a Coil Potlesson plan available on this website to create a clay pot.
  2. Add details to represent parts of your identity.
  3. Allow the pot to dry for a week.
  4. It should be white when it is completely dry.
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Step 2

PART TWO

  1. Place the pot on an upside down plastic container.
  2. Use acrylic paint to apply colours that have a special meaning for you.
  3. Mix small amounts of paint on a plastic lid - a little goes a long way.
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Step 3
  1. When you have finished painting it, view the pot from all directions.
  2. Make any changes and clean up the edges.
  3. What does your coil pot say about you?
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Step 4

PART THREE

  1. Use the Decorated Pages lesson plan available on this website to decorate a piece of paper.
  2. Use design elements that connect with your coil pot.
  3. Write your artist statement on the decorated paper.