CLAY CHRISTMAS TREES video art lesson plan for ceramics with grades 2-4
Use this ceramics video tutorial to teach your students how to make clay trees, either Christmas trees or winter trees.
A great Holidays art project, with an instructional video tutorial guide and PDF teacher support document. Students will learn to use potter's clay and create unique ornaments, adding differentiation through scale, personal decoration and colour choices.
This lesson plan focuses on:
- Clay Techniques - roll shapes, flatten edges, form pinch pots, coils, attachments, cutouts and impressions,
- Glazing - underglaze and finishing glaze
- Variety - adding details and colour based on personal choice
- The elements of - Shape, Form and Texture
A perfect companion to a theme study on cultural traditions and celebrations, like Christmas. This is a fully narrated video tutorial that demonstrates all steps in real time. Stream the video lesson on your large screen and free yourself up to support your students and children.
Benefits of using a video lesson:
- The lesson has already been tested
- All steps are viewable from start to finish
- Techniques are demonstrated
- Rewind and rewatch as many times as needed
- Narrated explanation adds depth to understanding art theories
- Its like having an art specialist in your classroom or home
- Encourages independence in learners and self management
- Allows for students to work at their individual pace
- Hosted on YouTube (unlisted) and accessed from the link in the PDF support document
- Not cluttering up your hard drive
- Added benefit of PL in Visual Art teaching for the purchasing classroom teacher
- Includes a PDF lesson companion with support information
- Lockdown Remote Teaching: Limited permission is granted for the purchasing teacher only, to live stream through screen sharing with their class, strictly limited for remote teaching during a government mandated lockdown
Use this lesson to support & extend learning for students in a cultures and celebrations unit study, (How We Express ourselves (IB PYP).
Even use as a response with a Literature study.
Stream the video lesson through a large screen, pausing in places for students to complete the steps at their own pace, or rewind and rewatch when needed.
This method can also offer time for opportunities to explore student responses or modifications, bringing personal creative ideas to the tutorial. Addresses the Viewing & Responding to artwork concepts.
Suits: mid - elementary grades, or homeschooling families.
Children will: create a ceramic Christmas or winter tree
Learning intentions include: Observing steps and following instructions sequentially, improving technical skills for building with clay, Devising original ideas and designs, Add details that suit the context, Select colour schemes, Painting accurately, Respond to art created by artists and by my friends, Reflect on my own knowledge, skills, progress and artwork.
Media demonstrated: Potter's clay - can substitute air-dry clay if you don't have access to a kiln
Materials used: Potter’s clay - a handful per students, Basic clay building tools: wooden skewer, wooden dowel (10-15mm diameter), work mat, paper towel, toothbrush, water container, damp cloth, small cookie cutters, Underglaze in assorted colours, finishing glaze, paintbrushes, Kiln
If you use air-dry clay, substitute paints for the glaze.
The video preview is a very short clip from the actual resource to give you an idea of my teaching style. I am both a general ed classroom teacher and currently practicing as a Visual Art and Digital Media specialist educator, teaching students from ages 4-12, at a primary school, so these lessons are well tested.
Also included in the support documents are:
- Learning Intentions for the IB PYP and NZC at level 2 / Phase 2 but these will closely match LO's from other art curriculums.
- Student Voice reflection/ assessment guides
Educators, more confident in visual art delivery, can browse my comprehensive PDF lesson plans in the following sub-categories:
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