Gargoyles, Angels and Buddha's
Students learn about Gargoyles; their historical and architectural significance through a brief Power Point Presentation with examples of gargoyles. Then we take a tour of the Nipe Auditorium which feature wooden gargoyles and then outside to the front of our school where we have several seated gargoyles and we discuss the significance of gargoyles used in our spectacular, early 20th Century building. Students enjoy learning about our Historic FHS building and it's value as an exceptional architecture. Students may choose to replicate a historic gargoyle from various buildings and cathedrals around the world or create their own sketch of a gargoyle. Some students opt for an alternative architectural, sculpture figures like and angel or Buddha. Then they sculpt their clay gargoyle from observation and hollow the solid sculpture out at the leather hard stage. The hollowing out is essential in the firing process as solid forms do not allow for air to escape during firing and the piece can explode in the kiln.