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About This Suitcase


In this mobile museum, students will be introduced to ceramics in many forms. The word ceramic is derived from the Greek word keramos meaning “potter” or “pottery.” Pottery was the first synthetic material ever produced by humans. Because ceramics are one of the most common human-made materials found by archaeologists during excavations, they provide valuable information about the human past. Ceramic items have long been important to human activity, both in sacred and secular contexts. Over time, artists began to use clay as a form of expression much like painting or drawing. Ceramics also remained essential to everyday activities like eating and storing food. Today, much of the construction industry depends on the use of ceramic materials including brick, cement, tile, and glass. Ceramic creations range from purely functional to purely decorative, with many items that are both functional and decorative in between!


Sample Activities​

  • The Science of Clay

  • Clay Pots

  • Ceramic Masks

  • Design Your Own Dinnerware

  • Sgraffito Crayon Etching


What You’ll Learn

  • Elements of Art

  • Principles of Design

  • Types of Art

  • Purposes of Art

  • Ceramic Art Vocabulary


What’s Inside

  • Lesson plans for activities

  • Materials for each activity

  • Information on significant artists

  • Books/Publications

  • Artist’s Works

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