This lesson came about from working in a third grade classroom. A teacher asked if I could sub for her and if I had an art project that would tie in with her Kumeyaay unit. This idea came from the numerous greek urn and other paper pottery lessons I have seen over the years.
I created a powerpoint about 6 years ago to teach kids about Kumeyaay pottery when I was a volunteer art docent at my children’s school. For this lesson, I showed the students that 6 year old power point. We talked about the different shapes a kumeyaay pot might be and what they were used for.
Students folded their paper in half and drew a pottery shape on the paper. They cut the shape out then used chalk pastel to add pictographs to the pots as well as smudges that would represent the raku firing. They were told that Kumeyaay pottery is largely undecorated but for this lesson, we would make an exception.
The classroom teacher supplemented the lesson by having the students write a poem about their art.