Friday, December 19, 2014

A Little Holiday Clay

With the students excited about the holidays, it is the perfect time for a clay project. They seem to focus on the medium since it is a special material for us to use.

Kindergarten learned about texture and pattern to make a shoe print medallion. After firing, the pieces were painted with pearl paint to give them color and a sparkly finish.

First grade pressed everyday items (bottle cap, wooden stylus, alphabet pasta) and clay tools into the clay to create a snowman. We carefully applied a thin layer of paint with our fingers as to not fill the holes and have contrast with the fired red clay. The final touch was adding a little pipe cleaner nose.

Second grade worked to make a uniform rope from clay and score and slip (scratch and wet) the clay before joining pieces together. Pearl paint gives it an extra shine.

Special thanks to another Oconee Co. elementary art teacher Bess at  for sharing this project a couple of years ago.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe break. See you in January!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fun with Foil

We've had a little fun in third grade with foil embossing and who doesn't love pony beads :) With a theme of winter, we have the season and different  holidays represented. The students created their designs first on paper and then traced their designs onto thick art foil cushioned by a magazine. The designs were traced again directly onto the foil before the design was flipped and colored with Sharpie markers. To complete, the designs were trimmed and embellished with wire and beads.

The students were very excited to learn that this was not a portfolio project and could be taken home when complete. They were very proud of the "bling" that they had designed. It was fun for me to see them discover how the "carved" line became raised on the other side.