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3-D Clay Houses


Date: Tue Oct 01 2002 - 18:10:44 PDT

Oh Getty Gurus! Help! I am working on "Dream house" drawings with my 5th
graders. I had considered a follow-up lesson where they would make a 3-D
clay house. My students are sharp and fairly adept with clay and
construction but I have never made these with students of any age before. I
need some tips!

They have wonderful ideas and sketches but I cannot give them unlimited
quantities of clay....yet we have enough materials for them not to be limited
to only 2-inch mini's.... But some may wish to work small..... and I want to
be fair to all with allowing maximum creative latitude.

Should I have tagboard patterns available for making slab constructions (as I
had previously planned) in 4x6 rectangle and 4x4 square inch increments?
Should I limit them to a certain size of clay and allow them to use it all or
less if they wish? I have round rolling sticks and flattened dowels for1/2
inch slabbing control.