Every year I seem to always switch up what I do with the grade 11's. One of these years I will come up with something I am super happy with, this project may be it. Throughout of time surfing the net, specifically Pinterest I have seen great ceramic pieces using animals as the subject matter. I was torn between doing animals or just functional objects with my students. I had them vote on what they would rather do and the vote turned out 50/50 so I decided to combined the two.
The FUNCTIONAL ANIMAL concept is basically where students have to think of something that is functional such as salt and pepper shakers, piggy banks, book ends, gravy boats etc and turn it into an animal. Some found this quite challenging and others flourished. The only difficult thing for me was distinguishing what a suitable size would be and I feel I did not stress enough that the animal could not just be sitting on the functional object but needed to be apart of it. However, they turned out quite impressive. I am very happy with this project.