|Beam Center Projects|
A 9 lesson activity where students connect events of WWI and understand its legacy through the creation of a museum exhibit using ceramics
Age Group: 14 - 17
Group Size: 20 - 25
Hours: 8 hrs
Key Words: history, WW1,
Cost Per Student:
Tools: Clay tools (or plastic silverware) they sell clay tools for about 11 dollars on amazon, Paint brushes
- Air dry clay: big blocks 25 lbs each (about 5 pounds per student)
- 2 part epoxy for fixing cracks fast
- Plastic Bags to keep the clay moist
- Plastic table cover (To put under objects)
- Water in containers to keep clay moist and workable
- Acrylic paint
- Maybe: Acrylic sealant over paint for strength
For each exhibit students will be responsible for different things: one group will create a video reenacting interviews from WWI relating to their theme, the other group will be
responsible for creating objects out of ceramics and creating a description that both explains the context of the event/invention and why they decided to make it that way.
The video group should be one third of the class, the objects making group should be 2 thirds of the class. Students will have the first week (5 lessons) to learn about the project, create the objects, run the footage they need for the videos and have everything they need to be finalized for the final week.
It is important that the ceramics is done during that week because then the ceramics can dry over the weekend and it will be ready to be painted the following Monday.
The following week students will get to paint their objects, finalize their videos, and set up the videos in the space provided in order to be ready to open the museum.