Wow! Your work is outstanding!!!
I was also thinking of suggesting clay storytellers (I'm making them now
with my 3rd graders). We're making the body with pinch pots and coil,
heads are hollowed out and vent holes go through the bottom. I taught
them how to braid or twist clay for some interesting hairdos. Some of
the kids are making animal storytellers and others are making human
ones. Some look indian-ish, others don't except for the open mouths and
elder/young cuddly relationship.
Hollow gargoyles are fun. Have them draw them first. Then give them
some tracing paper to lay over their drawing. Have them draw in cross
section how they will make them, ie, pinch pot, slab, coils for
reinforcement, details on face, wings, etc., or to build higher, and
MOST important...where the vent holes are to allow trapped air to find
it's way out. We made big upside down pinch pot bases too, so that
gargoyles could loll about on them in some cases.
I have some cones from yarn. You can buy them from Sax, too.
Cardboard. We use them as a base to build cute little animals with
clothes on...mice, cats, dogs, rabbits,etc. You can make them into
bells if you want. They look like they are wearing dresses. Have them
hold something in their hands.
We have made clay musician people in 3rd and 5th grade.
One time I made a birthday cake out of clay. Kids made little people to
put all over the cake to decorate it...collaborative for a 50th birthday
celebration for our school. Too cute.
Visit our Students' Art Gallery at St. John's School: www.sjs.org,
click on Fine Arts, Click on Lower and 6th Grade Art Gallery.