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[teacherartexchange] "Pass the Clay"


Date: Mon Nov 28 2005 - 04:42:50 PST

I have a ton of modeling clay in my room for free activity times. My
fifth graders are loving the game of "Pass The Clay." I have them start
with something small and detailed...tiny coils, or an interesting shape,
or something with an interesting texture. After a minute or two, we
pass them to the person on their left. They add on to the previous clay
piece and pass again after a minute or two. Obviously some of them are
"finished" before others, and we decided that we could show a piece to
the group at any time to ask if they are finished. We made such
interesting creatures this way. We are going to do it with real clay
this week and then spray them a solid color such as bronze. I think
they would be way to detailed for them to glaze with any detail. They
did this for about two weeks in a row with total concentration and
delight for a double period each week (others were finishing a "magical
tree" pastel drawing after Klimt's Tree of Life while they were playing
the clay game.) We decided we would number them when they are finished
and have a drawing to see who get which piece of finished real clay.

I would be interested to hear from those of you who have discovered
pretty ways to do "faux" patina with paint on clay.

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