Sculpting realistic slices of cake with No-Fire Clay…
7th grade ceramic cakes. This project has been done for years by my colleagues through various contexts.
I had my students visit a cake shop; interview a baker, then take photos for ideas. They also downloaded realistic images from the internet for inspiration and filled their sketchbooks with their ideas.
After brainstorming at least three 3-d designs, they drew a final design. In later classes, I would have them practice their observational drawing skills by drawing some of the previous classes’ cakes, insisting they show a range of values (after drawing a value chart and looking at still life drawings of other artists).
Once the clay was dry, they painted with acrylic paint and varnished with glossy acrylic varnish.