Creative Sculptures

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School students enrolled in Brian Baker's creative crafts class teamed up with the school’s seventh-grade art classes to create a fantastic halloween display.

As part of their course work, the seventh-graders studied the subtleties of facial expressions by looking at the work of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schultz and “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson as well as text emojis. They then created a ceramic jack-o’-lantern ornament depicting a specific facial expression using decorative wire and plaster cloth wrap.

The students also created ceramic jack-o’-lantern candleholders that could withstand the test of time. After creating a stencil of their jack-o’-lantern face, students scored and slipped together slabs of clay to construct a box form. They then carefully cut out the details of their design to let the light of the candle inside shine through.

The completed projects were on display outside the Murphy art rooms for all to enjoy.