Work of Art
a large image of the bottle, have students discuss the number of colors
used in the design. Explain the term monochromatic. Look at the range
of values of the one color on the vase.
Discuss the shape
of the container and why it is described as symmetrical.
subject matter of the objects used in decorating the vase. These include
pomegranate seeds, blossom, horses, fantastic beasts, mountains, and waves.
the process of creating ceramics, turning on the wheel, firing, glazing,
underglaze painting, etc.
blue tempera or watercolor
large white paper
On large sheets
of white paper, students will make blue wash drawings such as seed pods,
flowers and other similar still-life objects which have been placed on
their desks for careful observation.
are complete (the page totally filled with wash drawings) the students
will fold the large sheets of paper in half and cut symmetrical
unfolding the sheets the students should study again the pear-shaped bottle
and note the borders and design details that emphasize the neck and foot
of the vase. The students should complete their own symmetrical designs
by painting borders or patterns to emphasize the shapes that they have
vases should be displayed on the wall as a group design.