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Subject: Ceramics 1 Grade: 9-12

Lesson Topic: Intro to Coil Building
Teacher’s Name: Lauren DeCaprio
Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

State Content Standards Addressed:

Develop Perceptual Skills and Visual Arts Vocabulary

 1.1 Identify and use the principles of design to discuss, analyze, and write about visual
aspects in the environment and in works of art, including their own.
 1.2 Describe the principles of design as used in works of art.

Rationale: Art students need to be comfortable with the elements and principles of art to be
successful in all of their art classes. By reviewing the elements and principles in each project and
reminding them of them, it will give them the opportunity to practice these skills.
Art Elements/Principles of Design: form, shape, line, balance, and color

Making an art form using processes and techniques influenced by those of a specific culture can
help one to better understand that culture as well as be more sensitive to other cultures in general.
Incorporating one’s own personalized designs provides the opportunity for individual expression.
Learning about the roles of the artists and crafts people in the context of their cultures helps one
to better understand the contribution of individuals to that culture.

PUSD Continuum Standards Addressed:

DOMAIN I: Accomplished Teachers Understand and Organize Subject Matter for Student
 B. Designs lessons that incorporate students’ interests, cultural heritage, and prior

ELEMENT 2: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy

 C. Designs lessons that incorporate effective instructional strategies, which engage all
students in active intellectual learning

Learning Objective: The learning objective for the ceramics 1 student is to be able to define
what a coil is, know how to make one, and learn how to build a cylinder, bowl, and in and out
shape using coils. The student will use this knowledge and practice to make a coil bowl of their

Rationale: Coil building is one of the three main hand building techniques discussed in ceramics
1. It is a valuable tool in understanding how to build a wide variety of shapes.
Pre-assessment Activity: I will show a PowerPoint and video that offers pictures as reference
and ask students questions as we begin the presentation. Photos will be available for ELL
students and students with special needs for reference.

The handout will allow students to understand where we are going with the day’s activities. A
QR code is available if students need a direct link to the video.

Rationale: Using photos will allow the students to have a visual to bridge their prior knowledge.
The PowerPoint will allow students to read the material if they are visual learners and hear the
information if they are audial learners.

Differentiation: Students who may have trouble will be given more time as well as one-on-one
assistance as needed. Students will have access to the video to watch as many times as needed.
Students may work smaller if time or ability prevent working larger. Students with difficulties
will also be given softer clay as this is much easier to work with. High Achieving students will
be able to make larger clay sculptures or be introduced to arches, negative space forms, or larger
pieces to challenge their abilities.

By offering a smaller project, the students do not have to feel overwhelmed by the workload.
High Achievers may find it easier to work on larger or more complex techniques or feel
comfortable and inspired to do more intricate work.

Materials Needed:
Opening PowerPoint
Coil Building Handout


Artmaking –

 Clay is a finely textured mineral substance that is pliable when wet and can be hardened
by firing.
 Coil is a long form of clay that is rolled into a slender snake-like form in order to produce
pottery or other ornamental structures.
 Firing is the hardening of a clay vessel by the application of heat.
 African pottery was/is not always fired in a kiln but in the open with fuel piled all
around and burned.
 Kiln is an oven used to fire pottery, capable of producing high, controlled heat.
 Slab is a flat, sliced or pressed mass of clay.
 Wedging prepares clay to be used by removing air bubbles that may exist.

Historical/Cultural –
 Artifacts are objects made by human beings that are found and studied by archeologists
and historians from a later time to gain knowledge about people and their culture
 A community can include all the people living in a particular district, city, etc., or the
district, city where they live. May also refer to a group of people living together as a
smaller social unit within a larger one, and having interests, work, etc., in common.
 A culture is made up of the behaviors, customs, ideas, and skills shared and transmitted
among a group of people. Cultures go through stages of social, economic and
technological development. These developmental changes are reflected in the style and
type of ceramic artifacts from that culture.

(Teacher Directed)
Instructor shows PowerPoint introducing coil making, its cultural relevance, and day’s
learning objective.

(Teacher Directed):
1. Demonstrate how to form a coil. Show YouTube clip to help understanding.
2. Show students handout and discuss handout’s requirements
1. Step 1: 10 even coils of equal thickness and length
2. Step 2: Cylinder shape using 4 even coils of same length and thickness
3. Step 3: Bowl shape using 4 even coils of varying lengths and thicknesses
4. Step 4: In and Out shape using 8 coils of varying lengths and thicknesses.

(Guided Practice)
Students will:
1. Use their hands to wedge out a ball of clay.
2. Begin side one of handout by rolling 10 individual coils of equal length and thickness.
3. Continue building until handout is complete and teacher checkoff is given.

(Independent Practice) (Day 2 or after handout is complete)

Students will:
1. Build up a container by attaching coils to a circular slab.
2. Continue with coil project.

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