I bought 6 small poinsettia plants to have on the tables (once we get past the big clay stage of having to roll out the slabs) for observation.
Today I started this project with my first class of 4th graders. I will be giving them 2 days to work with the clay on their bowls. While I fire the kiln, we will then do an observational drawing of a poinsettia flower using oil pastels, continuing our use of value and blending colors. Once those are finished, they should be able to glaze their flowers. I will probably let it be up to them if they want to underglaze and then glaze with a clear glaze, or if they want to use the colored glazes that I have. We'll cross that bridge as we get closer to it!
Anyways, here is how I had them create their clay bowls. I have completed mine (for the most part...just needs some fine tuning!).