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Face Jugs


For full instructions for this project, check out THIS POST. This year’s batch of 5th grade face jugs came out great!

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BONUS: Here is the PowerPoint presentation for the lesson 🙂

Face Jugs PowerPoint

Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

8 thoughts on “Face Jugs

  1. Awesome! I am just getting started on mine. Fifth does clay last out of all the grades and I’m always stressed squeezing it in at the end of the year!

  2. How long do you have with the students to create these? I see my 4th graders for only 35 minutes per class, and I like to complete clay projects within 1 class period, as I just don’t have the room to store six classes’ worth of wet clay projects.

    • Great question! I see my students for 45 minutes per class. The first class was the PowerPoint presentation and sketching. The second class was spent creating 2 pinch pots and attaching them. I have students store their projects in freezer bags, one per table. They put their initials on their individual work so they know which one is theirs the next week. I store all the bags in this big drawer unit I have its pretty flat but it works. Weeks 3 and 4 are used to add more details and facial features and week 5 is glaze day. You ought to check with your media center and see if they have any carts or old t.v. stands they aren’t using. Mobile storage is the best storage! These could be possible in one class period if they were made really small too. 🙂

      • Thanks for such a quick response! I’ve never stored clay week to week, so besides the storage fact, I think I’m scared to do all that work and the pieces dry out or something! So, you put 4(ish) students’ works in 1 freezer bag. They fit? Do you completely seal the bag? Do you add a damp paper towel in with the clay?

      • Spring break = lots of time to blog LOL.

        They fit about 3-4 in a freezer size bag when they are just 2 pinchpots and after they add details its 2-3 per bag. I make sure they are closed tight and usually take out most of the air. I don’t put wet paper towels in because the clay ends up staying damp enough. After cutting the hole in the pinch pots, I do have students stuff the inside with a crumpled up piece of newspaper to they hold the shape.

        The bags are easy to get from other teachers — at the beginning of the year kids bring in so much stuff like soap and hannitizer and tons of bags. Teachers are happy to donate some to me in order to free up some of their space!

        I would recommend trying a test one out depending on what kind of clay you use to see how long you can keep in in the bag. I even had some in the bags over winter break (2 weeks long, making it about 5 or 6 weeks total) and they came out just fine. Good luck!

  3. Again, thanks for the response! I think I will try it out! I’ll make a practice one tomorrow, and leave it sealed in a freezer bag over our spring break… so essentially giving it a test run of 2 weeks. I’m excited! I always do face jugs with 4th grade, but usually made from 1 pinch pot with features on the sides of the pot…. not much room to work, though the kids have never complained (it’s CLAY!!!). I, however, want them to look better, and I think my 4th graders could handle it. I know they can! I’ll also put out an email asking for freezer bags… thanks so much!!

    P.S. I’m in South Charlotte, so not too far! 🙂

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