Regional Artists: Bob Yost, Akron
Featured Museum: The Butler Institute of American Art
Featured Artist: Susan andSteve Kemenyffy
Featured Work of Art: "Raku Platter"
Featured Teacher: Laura Donnelly, North Canton City
Content Subject/Theme: Positiveand
Positive and negative
with positive and negative designs to create a design
for an individual tile. Transform ideas from paper drawing
to clay tile
work: Clay tile creation and design
Bob Yost explains
how he does research to find the patterns his customers want
on handmade tiles. He demonstrates how he determines the design,
traces it and makes a plaster mold. The mold is then used
to create multiple tiles that are fired to create glazed ceramic
tiles. The school project uses student-created cardboard patterns
to create glazed ceramic tiles.
and use procedures to test the suitability of various
tools, techniques, processes and materials for different
purposes and effects of a relief tile.
information about an idea (positive and negative space)
or event through the use of clay relief tile.
various works of relief tile to discover common components.
the similarities and differences of how various art forms
express an event or idea.
interview with area artist Bob Yost
of reliefs through history
of positive and negative design
lbs. (05 06 fire) white clay
of everyday tools for cutting scoring and adding texture
to clay tile
dozen Exacto knives
x 6" pieces of cardboard for patterns (2 per student)
x 6" wood boards for carrying wet tiles
gallon plastic bags (1 per tile)
and view positive and negative design concept. Hand out nine
panel progressive design paper. Direct students through it
as they design.
the Sharing Art video, “Ceramic Tiles.” View historical
reliefs. Discuss, compare and contrast Bob Yost’s tiles
and historical tiles. Explain our intentions to create
a clay tile from the previous day’s designs. Discuss and write
self-assessment plan based on learned concepts and responses
to artists’ work.
slab tile technique, proper scoring, and the addition of texture
to the clay. Explain time frame, class management and organization.
clay and begin tiles.
5 & 6:
creating tile with a self-critique. Allow time for the tiles
to dry before firing to bisque.
and apply three coats of glaze.
Glaze fire the tiles. Return tiles, documentation in sketchbooks
and have students fill out self-assessment sheet.
Lower Grade Level Project
objects from nature (leaves, stones, shells, nuts, sticks,
etc.), students may use textures and patterns from nature
to create designs on their tile.
Higher Grade Level Project
may create a radial design on the surface of the tile created
with found objects and raised areas of clay.
of monitors and distribution of supplies
table has four people. each with a number 1-4
sets up newspaper at the beginning and throws it away
gets the water container and replaces it during clean-up
retrieves tool tray and replaces it during clean-up
wipes the table at the end of clay time to assure clean
following the criteria agreed upon before beginning project.
Slab is flat with edges smoothed and name on the bottom
Balanced composition with positive and negative design
Two other textures, each repeated somewhere else on the
Covers top and sides including the recessed areas. Evenly
coated with no glaze on the bottom.