Clay: Pinch Pot Pumpkin

Grade level: 3-5
Key Concept-Goal: After being shown how to make a pinch pot egg, the student will make an egg shaped clay piece. They will then decorate it to resemble a pumpkin.
Vocabulary: Use the whole ceramic vocabulary list.
Essential Skills-Objectives-Art Aims:  The aim is to learn how to manipulate, join, and form a piece out of clay.  Sequencing.
Engagement Activities- Procedure:  Roll clay into a ball of clay.  Divide it in half.  Put thumb in the middle and press out bowl shape making a pinch pot.  Put two bowl shape pinch pots together with slip and scoring.  Score and smooth out joints.  Decorate as a pumpkin.  Add stem and leaves.
Materials:   Clay, cloths, sticks, tools, water toothbrush.
Organization for distribution: Grocery line to get cloths, clay and tools. Water and toothbrush will be on the tables.
Work period-guidance:  Be careful working with the clay.  Keep area as clean as they can.  Do not roll it on the cloth too much or the clay will dry out.  Ask teacher for special advice. Do not cut the top off, the teacher will do it when it is leatherhard.
Cleanup:  Put clay in a plastic bag if it is not finished with name tag.  Put on board on the windowsill with name tag underneath it if it is finished.  Put extra clay back in big bag, tools back in their special jars, cloths folded and back in their crate.
Assessment-Evaluation: Does it stay together?  Is it hollow inside?  Does it look right?
Other Teaching Aids and Resources:  Samples and demonstration.
Higher Order Thinking Skill Questions:  What is clay?  How is it gathered?  Why would you use clay to make a pot?  How can you be creative with clay? How do you think man discovered how to make clay hard?  What do you think they made out of clay and why?