Believe me, those eighth graders will throw those little balls, and they
stick beautifully to the ceiling!! I tell my students that when we are
working in clay that they get one chance, and then they are OUT!! Tell them
that clay must only be used for the art lesson that you are teaching them. It
may not be used for any other purpose, and it cannot leave the
classroom.If they cannot follow directions and work successfully in clay then they can
write about clay. I tell them that the curriculum says that they should
explore clay, but some of them may be doing it in the form of a report or
research using books. I usually set up an isolation desk called "private art
lessons", and it comes stacked with books, paper and a pencil.
Usually that does the trick! If I have to put someone in private art
lessons, once in a while, if I'm feeling nice, I will make them spend just one
day there and I give them another chance - - - depends on the student.
My kids love clay so much that they would not risk losing the privilege to
work in clay.