Different Types of Art

As a prospective teacher I have always tried to look for fun and exciting things to do in class. This unit has opened me up to some new methods of using art with my students. It is important to be open to such techniques as they help to shape and introduce students to new methods of self-expression.
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During the first lecture we ‘hand building’ techniques such as the Pinch-pot technique and the Slab-technique respectively. The Pinch-pot technique had a rather straight forward process. One started by cutting a medium sized piece and formed it into a ball using   finger palm pressure. Then using the thumb one pinched the ball from the middle, Moreover, through ‘pinching’ the sides with a sideways movement a pot started to form.   Although one did not have a lot of problems in attempting this technique still, some difficulty was found when the clay started to crack. Therefore, one had to apply a controlled amount water to the pot as to patch them up. However, it was imperative that the clay reached the appropriate consistency. This is due to the fact that if too much water is added than one could lose the   formed shape completely.
While forming the pot one felt as though it would be ideal to be differentiable therefore, the shape chosen was rather unique especially since the top part of the pot was made to look similar to a flower opening. While the sides of the pot were decorated in a simplistic manner that with a division four sections, each displaying a different pattern.
In the second part of the lecture the slab technique was tackled,   here one needed to cut a shape out of the piece of clay given, roll it down until it was smooth and around two inches thick.   We then cut out some designs which we stuck onto the ‘clay frame’, they were then left to dry. The difficult aspect of this method was in shaping and cutting out the pattern chosen. In fact, one attempted to apply a number of patterns however, through trial and error one...