7th clay gargoyles

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7th clay gargoyles

  1. 1. Objectives:Students will:1. Understand the significance of gargoyles and their relationship to architecture, symbolism and art history.2. Create a clay gargoyle with realistic and/or imaginary animal features.3. Construct a clay sculpture using a variety of hand building techniques4. Demonstrate skill and craftsmanship in working with clay and glazing.5. Exhibit problem solving skills- plan and execute plan for animal with minimal assistance.6. Write artist’s statements explaining their artistic decisions and creative processes.
  2. 2. "Legend has it that gargoyles ward off evil spirits - are anyprotecting your castle and loved ones?"
  3. 3. Protectorsfrom Evilin anImperfectMan-MadeWorld
  4. 4. Gargoyles & GrotesquesOriginally a gargoyle was a water spout and directingwater away from a building so that the water would noterode the mortar. Over time the word gargoyle becamethe term used to describe any and all the fantasticcreatures on a cathedral or other building.After the introduction of the lead drain in the16thcentury, gargoyles primarily serve a decorativepurpose. This guy — on a churchin the South of France —is a truegargoyle. One can see how the waterWould leave the building and travelalong the gargoyle and out the mouth.
  5. 5. Gargoyles Folklore held that gargoyles are good luck and frightened away evil spirits — while serving its practical function of carrying rain water away. "One can think of wyverns (a two legged winged dragon of medieval legend) as sort of holy pit bulls, whose job is to dispel the evil forces, lightning, plague, war, and other calamities that may threaten the cathedral and the city.
  6. 6. They are oftena fantasticdisplay ofinhumanbirds, impossibleanimals, andhalf-humanmammals thatarecrouching, grimacing, andready to springinto space andpounce uponthe world!
  7. 7. Working With Clay: Clay artists throughout the ages have invented many ways to shape things out of clay. PINCH - Use your fingers to pinch and poke a single lump of clay into any shape. SLAB - Roll the clay into flat sheets (like a pie crust) to cut apart and assemble. COIL - Roll out long snakes of clay and twist them into coils and shapes. WHEEL - Spin clay on a potters wheel to form pots and vases.
  8. 8. Some Tools to Use WhenWorking with Clay: Your fingers Rolling pins and canvas Popsicle sticks and toothpicks Plastic bags A clay cutter (wire) Sponges Various carving tools, nuts and bolts, forks, old toothbrushes and anything else you can get your hands on that will create texture in the clay
  9. 9. What You Do: You are to create your own gargoyle designs. You have to draw sketches of your creations, then you have to hand sculpt your forms in clay.
  10. 10. What To Do: Clay is a wonderful sculpting material and experiment w/a small piece of clay before you begin your sculpture. Different techniques to use: coils, slabs, pinch etc. Build the clay up slowly using small bits and adding more and more clay. Moisten the clay when it starts to get a little dry. Using your fingers, popsicle sticks, plastic forks etc. details can be added like a nose, eyes, mouth etc. (Did you include some of the following: tongues sticking out, horns coming out of heads and huge eyes! )
  11. 11. What You Do: You are to create your own gargoyle designs. You have to draw sketches of your creations, then you have to hand sculpt your forms in clay.
  12. 12. Studio TO DO:1. Create 2 sketches/possibilities for your clay gargoyle/monster2. Begin working with clay using different handbuilding techniques to create your gargoyle3. Build the body using two joined pinch pots or joined coils4. Use slabs, pinched clay or coils for the arms/legs5. Shape the face using your fingers & clay tools
  13. 13. Gargoyle Goals: Create a gargoyle= INSIDE must be EMPTY/Hollow! Use 1 piece of clay for the body. Get a 2nd piece of clay for the head, wings/arms/fangs/horns etc Make sure you SMOOTH the attached pieces together. (Ex: if add horns – smooth onto the body)

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