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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.

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.