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TITLE-ACTIVITY:

OBJECTIVES:

Emotional Face Jugs

We are always exploring ourselves. Art is a powerful tool to


use to express emotion and mood.
We are also learning about how Design and Function work
together, and have throughout history.

GRADE:

Duration: 2 weeks

VOCABULARY:
Coil Building, Pottery, Hand Building, Face
Jugs, Folk Art, Functional Pottery,
Earthenware, Glaze, Low-Fire, Score &
Slip
ELEMENTS OF ART:
Shape, Form, Texture

SOLs:
6.8

The student will use modeling, assembling, or


carving to create three-dimensional works of art.

6.10

The student will examine the role of crafts in


society.

6.15

The student will describe ideas and emotions


expressed in works of art.

CROSS CURRICULAR:
USII.6

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN:

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the


social, economic, and technological changes of
the early twentieth century

Balance, Repetition, Emphasis


MOTIVATION: - art history, criticism, and aesthetics
What does function mean? What is Pottery? Is pottery functional?
What was going on in America during the middle of the 19th Century? What about in the American South?
Slaves were making Art of their own, often referred to as Folk Art. One medium that they were using was clay
to make pottery. What kind of pottery do you think they were making and why? Jugs and pots had functions
what were they?
People have been making anthropomorphic artwork out of clay for centuries, and Slaves in America were too.
They were creating faces on jugs. These became known as Face Jugs. Some say that they were used as grave
markers on the Underground Railroad; some say they were used to take water to the fields, others say that
they were influenced by Voodoo that was learned about by Africans when they went through the Caribbean.
The early 1900s came Prohibition and Face Jugs were used to transport illegal alcohol and store it.
Face Jugs are an Art form native to places not far from here in North Carolina, and also in
South Carolina and Georgia. They are sought after Antiques now because of the stories and history behind
them.
We are going to make face jugs of our own and form our faces to communicate an emotion of your choice. Your
Face Jug could be a self-portrait of you or communicate a strong feeling that you have on a specific topic.

MATERIALS:

BACKGROUND SKILLS:

Earthenware Clay, Assorted Glazes, Assorted


Clay Tools, Newspaper, Bags, Sketch Books,
Pencils

Knowledge of the Civil War South and the


Underground Railroad, Hand Building in Clay

PRODUCTION:

1. Intro Presentation
2. Questions
3. Sketch designs
4. Demonstration on Coil Building in clay Pot/Jug designs and shape forming/Smoothing clay/
creating desired textures/shape
5. Check for understanding
6. Work time/individual help
7. Designing an emotional face using clay hand building techniques/attaching clay parts
8. Check for understanding
9. Firing Process: Explanation Bisque
10. Glazing and Glaze Firing
CHECK OF UNDERSTANDING:
Question Procedures/ Student Work
EVALUATION/CLOSURE:
Review Objectives

ASSESSMENTS:
Group Critique

REFLECTION:

DIFFERENTIATION:

RESOURCES:

Each student will have


ample time and help
provided to create a
successful project

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