I recently took a class and found it frustrating. You have to work quickly with the clay or it will dry out. In a large class I think you would not have time to go around and help students like regular clay that they can play around with. I enjoy spending longer time with clay and you cant do this or you constantly have to wrap things to keep them moist.
Trish Ackerman Core Knowledge Charter School Middle School Art,Parker, Colorado
--- On Tue, 7/15/08, Patricia Knott <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Patricia Knott <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] metal art clay
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 3:32 PM
I took a class recently in PMC for my own edification and I'm glad I
did. I think there are some tricks to working with it that I
wouldn't have gotten from reading a book.
And, it is expensive. The price fluctuates daily according to the
price of silver.
As far as teaching:
I don't think it correlates to working with ceramic clay much at
all. Your are not working with "hunks." You are working with
"preciousness." The objectives become different.
Because of the expense I find it prohibitive for large classrooms.
But, I know there are some who make it work in the class. The
plusses are that it is really nontoxic, even the firing, and it
really is silver jewelry without the casting. It's very very cool.
And they are introducing a bronze, which will not cost as much.
On Jul 15, 2008, at 3:03 PM, suzanne rowe wrote:
> Has anyone used metal art clay in their classroom?
> Part of my curriculum is metal working, jewelry for 8th grade. I
> was thinking this would fit both requirements. I have extensive
> knowledge in working with clay but have never worked with art clay.
> What do you think, would it work well for 8th graders?
> Suzanne in Montana
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