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Studio Art Dorofy/Duckworth/Gordon/Sanders
Clay & Acrylic Paints
TASK: You will create a realistic replica of your
favorite dessert using clay and acrylic paints. Your
clay sculpture will be a hollow form that is cut and
made into a lidded container.
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
1. Research and analyze the paintings of Wayne Thiebaud.
2. Brainstorm and choose a final dessert to use for your clay creation… think cakes,
cupcakes, pies, etc. You should come up with a list of at least 10 different
desserts in your sketchbook, and then choose one for the final piece.
3. Find interesting reference images for your dessert. Your images should include:
a) Multiple viewpoints and components for various parts of the dessert – close-
ups, frostings, decorations, crusts, etc.
b) Be sure your picture has enough detail to help you draw and sculpt from.
c) Print your images in color so each is at least 4”x6” in size.
4. In your sketchbook, draw 5 thumbnails (with at least 2 viewpoints for each, total
10 sketches)for how your ceramic dessert will look. Sketches should be detailed
and in color. When designing your dessert, think about the following:
a) What details, textures and embellishments could you add?
b) What can be a handle for the lid on your dessert container?
c) What colors and ‘flavors’ would work best together?
5. When your drawings are complete, conference with teacher to discuss the strengths
and areas of concern, and to get approval on a final direction.
6. Participate in demonstration and experiment with various clay hand-building
techniques (pinch, coil, slab, score/slip, additive and subtractive).
7. Build your ceramic dessert using one (or a combination) of the methods
demonstrated. *** Use your Ceramics Reference Sheets for guidelines on each
technique and proper storage and handling. ***
8. While your ceramic dessert is drying and being fired, participate in demonstration
and experiment with acrylic painting techniques.
9. Once your ceramic dessert has been fired, you will paint it using acrylic paints.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
Your project must be no smaller than 4” and no larger than 6”
Make sure you keep your clay nice and damp! If you fail to do so your clay dries up
and becomes unworkable. Prevent this from happening by spraying it or covering
pieces your aren’t working on with damp papertowel!
You must score and slip EVERY element that you add to your piece.