Seventh grade students learned about Gothic Art and Architecture during this unit. They researched Gothic cathedrals in Europe and explore the various subject matter used for gargoyles and grotesques. Each student created a composite of several different animals designed to ward off evil. They focused on the various aspects of each animal that function as identifiers (ears, teeth, hair, wings, etc). After completely several brainstorm sketches, students chose their favorite design to sculpt out of low-fire clay.
Each student practice their scoring and slipping techniques while joining the various animal aspects of their design together. Final pieces were hollowed out before bisque-firing and students added several layers of low-fire watercolor glaze to their pieces before a final trip to the kiln.