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One clay project that I did was puppets. The students made the heads out
of air-dried clay. They made a round ball and put an opening in the bottom
large enough for their finger and some fabric. They painted the heads and
then I sprayed them with a sealer to protect them. We then made clothing.
I also used the air-dried clay for students to make Egyptian mummies. The
basic shape was pretty simple and then they could carve in the details.
Don't try to plan projects that you will finish in one class period. Many
of my projects took weeks to accomplish. Just break it down into steps
that can be successfully finished in 20 minutes or so. The kids don't mind
and they will remember well enough from one class to the next what is going
on. Taking a long time to finish each project also taught them to take them
time and do a good job.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
> From: Vicki Bean <vickibean>
> To: artsednet.edu
> Subject: clay recommendations
> Date: Friday, June 26, 1998 8:10 AM
> I am a graphic artist turned art teacher for the coming year.
> I would like to introduce some clay work to the students (K-12). It's
> been years since the school has done this due to block scheduling (30
> minute classes for elementary students) and budget cuts.
> Although I'm stuck with the 30 minute classes for elementary students,
> I'm still trying to figure out a way to work it in.
> The middle and high school students have hour long classes, so time is
> not really an issue with them.
> Any suggestions on lesson plans that utilize clay, and can be done in 20
> minute classes, twice weekly?
> Any suggestions on materials since we have no kiln?
> Vicki Bean