Name _____________________ Teacher ___Tatum_____________ Date ____12-11-12_____
Art.9-12.2.3 – “Determine
and apply the appropriate
compositional elements and
organizational principles to solve
specific visual art problems.”
Title of Lesson:
Slab Vases
Enduring Idea: Throughout our lives, we often have
need of quickly sketching items for future reference.
We need to be able to think in 3D and to plan projects
on paper that will become solid three dimensional
Grade Level
Measurable Objectives(s)
Students will have 4 slab vase design cut outs.
Students will create a vase from one of the designs. It
will be smooth and complete. It will have impressed
designs on the vase. It will be glazed.
Student will: Students will develop skills for
thinking in 3D. They will learn to plan a project
and to carry through with the plan. They will
learn to make adjustments and creatively solve
problems that arise from actual work on a
Essential Questions
Can you draw sketches that you have thought of in
your head?
Can you make a 3D object from that sketch? Can you
carry through a complete a finished project.
Resources & Materials
Newspaper, scissors
Clay tools
Bats, paper towels, plastic bags
1. Watch several YouTube videos on creating a clay
2. Cut out 4 designs for vases as in video.
3. Choose the best one.
4. Make a slab of clay by throwing it repeatedly onto
the table.
5. Cut out two pieces for the front and back of the
vase using your pre-made template.
9. Attach sides using scoring and slip.
10. Smooth all surfaces of the vase.
11. Put name, date and project number on the bottom.
12. After piece is fired, glaze appropriately to enhance
the overall effect of the vase.
Assessment Rubric
Rubric for Excellent Ceramics – Slab Clay Vases
Required criteria:
____ Project shows evidence that student has progressed significantly from first three projects. (Worth
2 points.)
* Structure:
______No cracks.
____ Vase has a smooth even lip. Edges are not sharp, uneven or rough.
____ Walls are uniform thickness.
______ Vase is not be warped.
______ Vase has a solid footing and sits without rocking and rolling.
______ Areas joined are joined neatly without cracks or visible seams. Applied designs do not fall off.
_______ Integrate three or more of the following elements of design into the project: shape, line, space,
texture, repetition, balance, movement, emphasis, variety, contrast, color.
_______ Design expresses a feeling, communicates a mood or idea, or is pleasing to the eye.
_______ Surface decoration enhances or complements the form of the vase.
_______ Glaze is uniform in coverage.
_______ Bottom of the vase should be glaze free.
_______ Glaze is free from defects (pin holes, crawling, blisters etc.).
_____ Glaze enhances or complements the design of the project. (I.e. transparent glazes should be
used for a carved or impressed design.
Special surface treatments:
_____ Special surface treatments include two or more of the following: incised, impressed, cutout,
sgraffito, applied designs, multiple glazes, etc.
_____ Treatment demonstrates an understanding of the method of special surface treatment being
_____ Treatment demonstrates craftsmanship and creativity in the execution of the method used.
_____ Surface treatment enhances the overall design of the project.
Self Evaluation:
_____ Student correctly evaluated 13 out of 18 the items above.
______Student Reflection(Worth 75 pts.)