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Course Outline and Schedule:


General INFO & Basics!....... 

  Digital Photographic Documentation



Social Media Journal-

-Please post a picture once a week (due Tuesdays)

                                                of what you're working on.

-Please write a sentence or two about what you’re doing….

-Tag me (@sandburgartdepart)...

          ...and using the hashtag #madeatsandburg

-Also tag the school, the principal, the superintendant, and local newspapers, the mayor, state art groups.....ummmm everyone!  (@SandburgHS@jltyrrell8, @D230_Supt, @OPPrairie, @OrlandParkPatch, @VillageOrlandPk, @OPArtsAlliance, )

 Video Demonstrations:   part 1   part 2 


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Unit 1: 

Students will learn CAD software to design and produce an object via 3D printers.  

3D Design:

Unit 2: 

Design Softwares:

Video Demonstrations:  

Video Demonstrations:  

*Did not do this semester

3D Artist Bank

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to see some amazing artists! 

  Press Mold-   Bowl/Vase  



Students will use a preformed bowl as a mold to form the two halves of their vase.  Before assembling the body of the vase, students will learn a faux version of wheel throwing by using the banding wheel to make the “foot” and “neck” of the vase.  After these parts are made, the body will be assembled and decorated.

Unit 3:

Video Demonstrations:  Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4

Unit 4:


What goes better with RAKU than TIKI!?! 
Two 4 letter words make 8! Perfect!......? 

-Students will construct artworks using a specific RAKU clay body (High Grog) to make work for the RAKU firing process. 

-Students will use additive and subtractive techniques in forming their work for this piece. 


Unit 5:

What is glaze?”:

Glaze is a clay blend, more similar to glass than clay, which is added to the surface of a (bisque fired) constructed form, fired in the kiln, and fused to the form.

Underglaze Demonstration:

What is Underglaze?  

How to apply underGlaze

glaze Demonstration:

What is glaze?  

How to apply Glaze

Extra Vids: (the techinques below are more geared towards painting with UNderglazes!)

          Bubbles!     Rolling     Gallaxy      Ombre          

Unit 6:

What crazy times to be living in, but what a RELIEF we get to still create art!

Students will explore their thoughts in regards to the pandemic as well as the meaning behind symbols. Students will draw out and make designs that will tell their viewers a story. Students will use additive and subtractive techniques to form their design to create their relief clay tile. 



Coming soon!

-with Pulled Handle

Students will learn how to use the slab roller, prep slabbed clay, and drape it around a cylinder form to take its shape. Students will then learn how to “pull” a handle and attach it to their cylinder body to make a mug form. We will also discuss alteration techniques such as “darting” to change the shape and take their mug to a new level!

Video Demonstrations:  Prep!   Part 1: Collecting Parts   Part 2: Assembling!   

                                            Part 3:                         Part 4: Attaching the Handle

  Face MUG!    

Students will learn how to break down the facial features into manageable, sculptable parts. 

Video Demonstrations:  1.  Eye Dents       2. Assembly         3. Nose!   

                                  4. Lips           5. Eyes          6.Ears        7. Extras

other PDF worksheets: 

Altered Cylinders by Deb Schwartzkopf
Simple Seams     by Deb Schwartzkopf

Coil PotEgyptian Canopic Jar w/ cap lid 

After studying Egyptian Canopic Jar Sets, students form small groups and develop a unifying theme.  From there they pull their own ideas; design and construct their jar using the coil method.  

Video Demonstrations:  Part 1   Part 2  Part 3

             Canopic Jar

...sometimes things expolde...

      ...it wasn't my fault...     

Clay Sources in the Chicagoland Area! 

In our studio, here at Sandburg, we use 

Standard Clay, white stoneware, #240, ^6

   We purchase our clay from: 

             Chicago Ceramics Supply

This is my buddy Carl Mankert who does our equipment repair. He's a great resource for answering general clay questions, making connections to people and equipment, and generally knows everything! 

Other Local Resources:

The Center- Has many different art classes...including Ceramics!!

Masion Crafts- Various painting classes, including painting on bisqued ceramics...and I've heard they have a potter's wheel and offer studio time.....

Orland Park Arts Alliance- local art group supporting,connecting, and producing events for the south suburban community. 

"Make ART everyday!" 

13300 S. LaGrange Ave. Orland Park, IL 60462

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