Another finish your middle school students might want to try is
Prismacolors on flat black paint (or other flat dark color). Here is
an artist who uses Prismacolors.
Peggy Bjerkan - Maskwoman
Try a number of the finishes that have been posted on some test
pieces. Include an instruction sheet and let the kids choose what they
think will look best on their piece. I always had choices of finishes
for sculptural ceramic work.
Heather, I would like to put a page on Incredible Art Department with
alternate finishes for clay (since the topic comes up frequently).
Would you be willing to send some images of student work along with
what finish they used?
On 4/21/07, rina wrote:
> For red clay masks, try dark watercolor (blue or violet - Prang is
> fine), then rinse. Can then use red water color for cheeks, followed by
> gold tempera thinned with water (the gold flecks should rise to the top
> - paint on the flecks). When dry, spray with Painter's Touch spray
> from the hardware store. This is per Carol Webb of the San Diego Art
> Educators Assn. who does a lot with 'cold' finishes.
> For a heavily textured project on white clay, I first applied black
> tempera and then washed it off. It stayed in all the recessed areas.
> Then they can finish with dabs of metallic acrylic. This was from a
> lesson plan in (I think!) Arts and Activities from 2006.
> Good luck!
> Rina Vinetz
> Solana Santa Fe Elementary