AMACO® Lesson Plans

 

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Photo of finished ceramic T-Rex

Lesson Plan 63–Anthromorphic Animals
Ascribing Human Characteristics to Animals

Our lesson plans provide an excellent starting point for creating memorable lessons which incorporate art history with hands-on classroom activities. We also have PowerPoint presentations for you to download and share with your classroom.

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Ceramic Lesson Plans

Photo of finished taco

video button icon New Lesson Plan 62–Food for Thought
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Photo of finished Majolica tiles

video button icon New Lesson Plan 61–Majolica Renaissance
(download PDF version)

Finished Mimbres bowl by Tracy Gamble

video button icon New Lesson Plan 60–Mimbres Bowls
(download PDF version)

Three ceramic cups glazed with CTL glazes

video button icon New Lesson Plan 59–Three Cups
(download PDF version)

dancers on tile

Technique Sheet 58–Underglaze Chalk Crayons Tutorial
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Three clay roses in a vase

Technique Sheet 57–The Rose Project
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video button icon Lesson Plan 56–Twisted Vessels
(download PDF version)

Photo of finished lantern

video button icon Lesson Plan 55–Lanterns to Light
(download PDF version)

Photo of finished clay pitcher

Lesson Plan 54–Clay Pitchers
(download PDF version)

Photo of 3 figures created by Dee Schaad

Lesson Plan 51–Whimsical Figures
(download PDF version)

Photo of finished cubist style portraits

video button icon Lesson Plan 50–Cubist Clay Portrait
(download PDF version)

Photo of a clay mask

Lesson Plan 49–Clay Face Masks
(download PDF version)

Photo of a tile created using Balsa-Foam as a stamp to create designs on a ceramic tile

Technique Sheet 48–Printing & Embossing with Clay & Underglazes
(download PDF version)

Photo of four Celestial Tiles

Lesson Plan 47–Celestial Tiles
(download PDF version)

Photo of three colorful ceramic caterpillars

Lesson Plan 46–Colorful Caterpillars
(download PDF version)

Photo of a ceramic Whimsical Fish

Lesson Plan 45–Whimsical Fish
(download PDF version)

Photo of a ceramic dragon

Lesson Plan 44–Basic Clay Animals
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic birds

Lesson Plan 42–Create a Flock of Birds
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic image transfer piece

Lesson Plan 41–Image Transfer: How to Make Clay Monoprint
(download PDF version)

Photo of a ceramic barn and silo

Lesson Plan 40–Barns and Silos
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic dishes with three image transfer techniques

Lesson Plan 38–3 Methods of Image Transfer and Printmaking with Clay and Underglazes
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic mask

Lesson Plan 37–Sgraffito with Clay and Underglazes
(download PDF version)

Photo of a ceramic Vessel using Textured Molds

Lesson Plan 29–Textured Pottery
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic self-portrait by Cara Moczygemba

Lesson Plan 23–Ceramic Self-Portrait as a Famous Artist
(download PDF version)

Photo of a ceramic Plate

Technique Sheet 21–Plates Everybody Can Make
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic tea bowls

Technique Sheet 20–Hand Built Tea Bowls
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic house

Lesson Plan 17–Mi Casa es Tu Casa
(download PDF version)

Photo of a ceramic tile decorated with Rub n Buff

Lesson Plan 15–A New Approach to Developing Images on Clay
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic chinese vessels

Lesson Plan 14–Recreating Chinese Bronze Vessels
(download PDF version)

Photo of a ceramic Persian tile

Lesson Plan 12–The Intricate Art of Persian Tiles
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic cave art

Lesson Plan 11–Cave Art Revisited
(download PDF version)

Photo of glazed terra cotta pots

Lesson Plan 6–A Passion for Pots
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic dinosaur bones

Lesson Plan 5–A Relief Sculpture of Dinosaur Bones
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic self-portraits

Lesson Plan 4–Portraits in Clay
(download PDf version)

Photo of a ceramic tile mural

Lesson Plan 1–Ceramic Tile Wall Murals
(download PDF version)

 

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Glass Lesson Plans

Photo of glass pieces created using this technique

Technique Sheet 52–Glass Mosaic Frit Jewelry Casting Kit
(download PDF version)

Photo of glass pendants

Technique Sheet 25–Fused Glass Jewelry
(download PDF version)

Photo of a glass casting piece by George Debikey

Lesson Plan 22–Creative Glass Casting
(download PDF version)

Photo of a glass plate

Lesson Plan 18–Warm Glass Renaissance
(download PDF version)

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Craft Lesson Plans

Photo of a Toucan created with Cloud Clay

Lesson Plan 53–Birds of the Amazon in Cloud Clay
(download PDF version)

Photo of a unicorn created with Cloud Clay

Lesson Plan 43–Create 4-Legged Creatures in Cloud Clay
(download PDF version)

Photo of a vulture marionette

Lesson Plan 36–Make a Marionette in Claycrete
(download PDF version)

Photo of cat's face created with Sculptamold

Lesson Plan 35–Create a Cat with Sculptamold and WireForm
(download PDF version)

Photo of a butterfly created with Friendly Plastic

Lesson Plan 34–Marbled Butterfly with Friendly Plastic
(download PDF version)

Photo of printing with Balsa-Foam

Lesson Plan 33–Printing with Balsa-Foam
(download PDF version)

Photo of a Balsa-Foam butterfly

Lesson Plan 32–Painted Balsa-Foam Butterfly
(download PDF version)

Photo of Balsa-Foam African masks

Lesson Plan 31–Sculpted, Painted Balsa-Foam African Masks
(download PDF version)

Photo of sun created with Sculptamold

Lesson Plan 30–Sun Sculpture with WireForm and Sculptamold
(download PDF version)

Photo of ceramic Textured Pottery

Lesson Plan 29–Textured Pottery
(download PDF version)

Photo of a Japanese garden lantern

Lesson Plan 28–Creating a Japanese Garden Lantern in Crea-Stone
(download PDF version)

Photo of sculpture in Sculptamold

Lesson Plan 27–Daybreak: A Sculpture Utilizing Sculptamold
(download PDF version)

Photo of Day of the Dead dolls

Lesson Plan 26–Claycrete Calaveras
(download PDF version)

Photo of a bust created with Sculptamold

Lesson Plan 16–Sculptural Heads
(download PDF version)

Photo of underwater scene created with Permoplast

Lesson Plan 8–Clay Animation
(download PDF version)

 

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PowerPoint Presentations

Photo introduction to glass powerpoint presentation

Introduction to Glass in the Classroom

Photo recycled murals powerpoint presentation

Bisque and Recycled Tile Murals

   

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Other Instructions

Photo of clay ball equals bowl and glaze equals bowl

How Much Clay and Glaze Do I Need?

Photo of glass drop ring sample

Glass Drop Ring Kit Instructions

Photo of mosaic created from ceramic pieces and clay slab

Mosaics Made from Clay Slabs, Ceramic Pieces and Grout

Photo of Mix-a-Mold sample

Mix-a-Mold Mixing Tips

 

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