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Textured Clay Ornaments

2014-12-17 12.38.09These beautiful ornaments were created by kindergarteners.  Students had explored texture in previous lessons – crayon rubbings and exploring pressed textures in  playdough.  They started with a “burger” of clay which was pressed flat and flipped.  Students chose from a variety of found objects- marker caps, shells, popsicle sticks, etc.  They pressed their found object into the clay randomly.  Cookie cutters were used for the shapes.  After firing, the ornaments were painted with diluted tempera.  The top was wiped with a piece of sponge to highlight the texture.  Students applied a coat of tempera varnish for a glossy finish.  They chose a ribbon for me to tie onto their ornament.  Each student had time to create several ornaments.

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Pinch Pot Cupcakes

Second graders formed 2 pinch pots to create these cupcakes.  One pinch pot was pressed into a silicone cupcake mold to create the cake.  I mixed slip until creamy for the “frosting”  that was spread onto the other pinch pot.  Fruits and candies were scored and attached.  The fired cupcakes were painted with tempera paint, then protected with a coat of tempera varnish.

Clay Frogs Grade 3

These clay frogs began as a pinch pot.  While the pot was setting up, students rolled coils for the legs and tongue.   The longer back legs were formed into the letter “s”.  The tongue was slightly flattened.  Students scored and applied slip to attach the legs and tongue.  The little feet were gently flattened, then toes were pressed in with a toothpick.  The eyes were small balls of clay stamped with a small marker cap.

Students painted a base coat of tempera on their frogs.  After carefully touching up any unpainted specks, they added stripes or spots.  Small sponge dabbers and q tips worked well for the spots.   A final coat of tempera varnish sealed each piece.

Henry Moore Sculpture

Third graders critiqued the work of Henry Moore, noting the organic positive and negative shapes. of his sculptures.  They used oil clay to work out their idea of a flowing organic shape that seems to grow.  An interesting negative shape was started with a milkshake straw.  White clay was used for the final sculpture.  A coat of black acrylic paint was allowed to dry, then metallic acrylic paint was sponged on.  Students turned their sculptures to determine the most interesting view.  The sculptures were glued on to a scrap of wood that had been painted black.

This project was inspired by the Alum Creek site on Artsonia.

Clay Teddy Bear Ornaments

These adorable ornaments were made by first graders.  The head, ears, and tummy were formed by rolling little balls of clay, then gently flattening each piece.  The arms and legs were formed by rolling short, chubby coils.  Parts were blended together on the back.  Before firing, I poked a hole in the head with a small straw.  After being fired, pink paint was dabbed on with a q tip, then details were drawn with a Sharpie.  Glitter glaze was brushed on to seal the piece.  A cozy scarf was tied on last.

Zoomorphic Pinch Pots

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.

Clay Castles Grade 4

Castles are a favorite subject of fourth graders.  Add clay and metallic paints, and you have a project sure to be a success for all.  This castle was planned on graph paper, then outlined on a slab of clay.  Found objects were used to impress a variety of textures.  Arches, windows and doors were added from scraps.  The striking finish was done in two steps.  First, the entire castle was carefully painted with black acrylics.  When dry, metallic paint was dabbed on with a piece of sponge.  The flags are held in place with painted toothpicks.