Here are the final products! The face tiles were hand cut and glazed by the students and later the background was filled in with broken ceramic tiles. Finally, they grouted the background so you couldn't see the plywood anymore.
After a long week of worrying about the broken kiln (kids pieces need to be fired for the end of the year), I was pleased to unload all these pieces from the kiln. With the thermocouples fixed, WMA ceramics is now back in commission!
Inspire by Picasso and the Cubist movement, students have been busy cutting and glazing tiles for a mosaic. After these pieces are fired, they will be glued down on a 12x12in board and accompanied by more mosaic tiles in the background. This is the first time I've introduced this lesson and so far, they look awesome!
Wendy Decker joined the WMA upper-school art department in September of 2010. She is the yearbook advisor for The Hill Yearbook staff. She graduated with a BFA from Alfred University in December of 2009 with a concentration in oil painting and a New York State certification in K-12 Art. In December of 2012, she received her master's in Art Education from Boston University.
"With more free time, I am working to go back to my roots and explore the possibilities of drawing and painting. With my educational goals met, it is now time to focus on my own inspiration in order to keep the atmosphere in my classroom fresh."