Architexture: Exploring Architecture through Clay Tiles
The unique architecture of
Evolutions of Pottery
In this lesson, geared for grades 5 to 8, students will learn about the importance of clay and pottery throughout history. Utilize several interdisciplinary skills to learn about various aspects of historical pottery making, such as evaluating the impact of clay and pottery on prehistoric and modern civilizations, categorizing developmental stages of discovery, and more. This information will in turn be put into application as students create their own clay artwork. Show the clips “Interests in One of a Kind Pots” and “Learning from Mistakes” from the Harding Black series to reinforce this lesson.
Have students in grades K to 3 learn about radial design and crystalline glazing by analyzing the balance and composition of various San Antonio structures. Also, create clay tiles depicting the architecture of
Self-taught and modest to the proverbial fault, the
Harding Black: An American Treasure takes you first hand into the world of this octogenarian who never wanted to do anything but what he does seven days a week, make pots.
Twice, the renowned potter Bernard Leach visited Black's studio and marveled at his successes with difficult-to-achieve glazes. His pieces have been in the Smithsonian and the National Ceramic Exhibition at the Syracuse Museum of Art. His research materials are housed in the Harding Black Library at
Search our collection of lesson plans, written by local art teachers. Each lesson plan corresponds with a clip from the Harding Black video.