Porcelain Sculpture

This Porcelain Sculpture lesson plan also includes:

Why is porcelain hard when it starts out as soft clay? Combine art history and science into one lesson with an overview of the ancient sculpture Mercury and Argus and Perseus and Medusa. Young scientists create their own masterpieces out of clay and learn about the scientific process for solidifying their projects into hard, lasting works of art.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a study of art history or ancient civilizations; connect to a science unit on heat and convection
Classroom Considerations

  • Intermediate and advanced levels require access to a kiln; modifications are available if your school does not have a kiln
  • Link to an image of the sculpture does not work, but it can be found online with a quick search

  • Provides differentiated levels of instruction (beginning, intermediate, advanced), making the lesson applicable to all grades
  • Connects to multiple subjects and disciplines

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