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This clay project begins as an introduction to slab construction, then the box is transformed into an environment with an animal on the lid. This project is usually introduced later in the course, after pinch and coil construction projects have been introduced, and students have a thorough understanding of how to score and add slip to connect pieces together. Files included: Project description, cube template, lid illustration, rubric, photo examples, display description.
This project assumes the teacher has access to clay and a kiln, and a basic understanding of clay.
Materials needed are clay, slip (clay and water mixture), for rolling slabs: two wooden strips (dowel rods or a stack of rulers works as well) and a rolling pin, a needle tool for roughening the clay (a fork works well), a plastic knife for cutting the slabs to the proper length, a variety of sculpting tools, glaze or paint.
File includes project description handout, rubric, box template, sketch page and example, video links demonstrating the construction of a tiger, painting (antiquing) directions, and a description to display with the finished projects.