Observations from an Art Teacher. This blog is meant as a resource to share successful lessons, classroom management tricks as well as any other revelations that may occur during the course of a school day. There are also postings now and then that involve assignments for my Walden courses, Master of Education, Integrating Technology K-12.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Raku Udu Drums
My Ceramics 2 students at Reeths-Puffer High School and I had a great time making functional Udu drums then finishing them with a Raku firing. The students studied the Udu drums, it's sounds, and other variations of the instrument as well as studying the composition of Raku clay and the chemical changes that occur during Raku firing. The results were always unexpected and the students were amazed to see the colors in their glazes as they scrubbed the soot away. I believe this is one experience they will remember for a while.