CLAY HEAD SCULPTURES
Teacher: Leigh Kermizian
Title: Head Sculptures
Grade Level: 3rd
Brief History: African figures may be simplified, but careful attention is paid to details, including ornamentation and color. Supernatural beings may have overemphasized features. Enlarged eyes, noses and mouths so that spirits may enter. Decoration includes geometric patterns and a sense or harmony and rhythm.
9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of dance, music, theatre and visual arts
9.2 Historical and Cultural Contexts
9.4 Aesthetic Response
Goals: Create a head sculpture influenced by African art
Discuss the overemphasis of features in African art
Create a head sculpture
Requirements: Create a head sculpture inspired by African art using clay. Use repetition, pattern and rhythm to decorate sculpture.
Tools for carving (toothpicks, paperclips)
Water bowl (unless the clay is model magic)
Beads (other decorative objects)
Have supplies ready to distribute
Discuss African head sculptures
Review placement of facial features
Roll clay into a ball
Hollow out the ball with a tongue depressor (or press into a flat circle)
Press two eye indentations into the clay with your thumb
Sculpt nose using a paper clip, or use extra clay
Shape the mouth area to form lips or open mouth
Smooth sculpture with water (unless using model magic)
Use extra clay for ears or hair
Use a toothpick for decorative designs
If firing in a kiln, add beads and other decorations after firing.
Teacher will walk around evaluating students work.
If time permits, students can share work at end of class.
Students will draw on their placemats.
Work time: 30 minutes
Clean up: 5 minutes
Realism: Representing an object accurately
Abstract: Non Representational art that focuses on the use of line, color, and forms.
Slab: A pottery technique in which a form is built by joining shapes cut from think sheets of damp clay
Coil: Long snake like ropes of clay that are used in pottery making.
Pinch Pot: Made by pressing the thumb into a ball of clay, and drawing the clay out into a pot by repeatedly squeezing the clay between the thumb and fingers.
Safety Concerns: None
Multicultural Art Activities