clay, elementary classroommaybe start off with self hardening clay...that way you do not have to worry about the kiln
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From: MaryAnn Kohl
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2003 11:54 PM
Subject: clay, elementary classroom
In my lovely green state of Washington, we have no art specialists in the elementary schools, to my knowledge. Therefore, if we want the kids to experience clay, we have to do it ourselves as individual teachers. EEEEK. Some schools do have kilns, but not all. There's usually someone who knows how to use the kiln. I haven't actually been in charge of one. Still lots to learn in this arena of clay.
Would someone venture the easiest way to do clay with one's own classroom, probably in small groups at one table?
I will have to get some help with the kiln, but I think I can handle the rest. I have a book on clay, so am beginning to read about wedging, storing, etc.
Still, any suggestions?
Also, do you believe working with clay is basic art education in the public schools elementary grades?