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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Ceramic Tile Monotype

Phyllis Burstein
with students at Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago 

Challenge:

Students create monotypes on clay tiles.

Materials: low fire clay, low fire underglazes, images on paper (newspaper images or any computer printed image on plain copy paper), paint brushes

Process:
• Students make a small (~ 4") tile out of clay. (Amaco Indian Red used here.)
• While clay is setting, working quickly, students paint underglaze on top of an image on paper. They can color-in the image, or they can use the image as a base to create an abstraction.

• Allow underglaze on paper to dry to slightly tacky.
• Clay tile should be moist, but wet clay will produce a blurry image. Experiment with the effect you desire.
• Press underglaze painted paper onto clay.
• Rub the back of the paper gently to transfer the underglaze onto the clay.
• Carefully peel the paper off.
• The image sometimes distorts slightly (image 2),

and/or some of the glaze won't transfer creating an interesting textured effect.
• When tile is dry, fire in kiln.

Lesson Expansion:
• Apply clear or colored glaze on top of bisqued underglazed tile after first firing.
• Encourage students to carve into tile to create texture.
• Use printed images (on plain paper) of photographs taken by the students.