When I saw this post from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists blog, I knew my 4th graders would love the project. We began by talking about Mexico — the climate culture, and a little history. This was a great authentic experience for my students as many of them are from Mexico or have Mexican heritage. We discussed the types of plants that grow in Mexico like cactus, cocoa beans, and chile peppers. We also looked at traditional Talavera Pottery and noticed the beautiful designs, colors, and repetition. Students were inspired to sketch their own plants in pots.
We began by making pinchpots and adding texture for detail . . .
Then, students used the coil, slab, and pinch methods to create plants to go inside. . .
After they went through the bisque kiln, 4th graders used glaze to paint. . .
The colors came out so vibrant — they plants really look like they are alive!