basically I had the kids use all slab work, started with the base (I have
this huge 5olb garbage can where I keep my clay pre-balled for them) on
cardboard- they just press out w/ palms flat, fingers tilted up so they're
level- I tell them to make the slabs about as thick as a chocolate chip
cookie- the biggest square or rectangle they can get from the slab they've
THen they proceed to press out the walls, and the roof- most kids got the
base and all 4 walls, some even got the roof done, in the 1st 50 minute
class- that includes about 10-12 minutes for showing them how to wrap and
store work and the initial demo showing them downloaded images of basilicas,
Russian domed buildings.
Next class- they finish the basic cube with roof- they make the spires-
creating a cylinder w/ a slab- they cut out ARCH shaped windows and doors
using compass points (must have a door, and at least 2 windows, preferably on
opposite sides to keep construction strong ), and make the onion -shaped
domes using pinch pots w/ elongated tops. IMPORTANT : SPIRES MUST HAVE
WINDOWS CUT OUT FOR AIR FLOW IN KILN, ALSO THE ACTUAL ONION DOME TOO- OR WILL
BLOW UP !
Third class: using clay extruders, press out the detail "trim " for around
all windows and doors, making sure to blend with tool, carve intials and info
about table # and class on bottom of base.Also make them create"shingles"
impressions w/ the clay tools by pressing in rows.
Takes 2 wks to dry out. Takes 2 classes to paint w/ acrylics.
Hope this helps !
They look great and I'm in Binghamton, where a lot of Slovak peoples are ! We
even have a couple of onion domed Russian orthodox churches around here.
Christine in Binghamton