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.
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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).
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Once the clay was dry, they painted with acrylic paint and varnished with glossy acrylic varnish.
Photo on 4-24-12 at 1.25 PM #2
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