Third graders created these animal pinch pots. Students chose a four legged animal, then referred to photos to draw a profile and front view of their choice. Students first made a pinch pot that was allowed to set up. Next, students rolled chubby legs to support the pinch pot. The legs were attached to the upside down pinch pot by scoring and adding slip. Students practiced the heads in modeling clay to work out their ideas. The head was then formed in clay, and attached. A tail was also firmly attached. The inside of the pinch pot was painted with tempera paint, then a layer of color was added to the rest of the animal. When dry, details were added with paint, paint pens, and Sharpies. Finally, a protective coat of tempera varnish sealed the piece.
June 18, 2010