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Lesson Plans

clay- without a kiln

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Eliza Jones (ejones)
Mon, 27 Sep 1999 07:57:11 -0400

Anyone know a good brand of self-hardening clay? I used some last spring,
but it took MONTHS to dry!

-----Original Message-----
From: D. Sterner [SMTP:dsterner]
Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 5:56 PM
To: 'Eliza Jones'; 'Getty'
Subject: RE: punishment: maybe this can WOW them

I will offer one of my better clay activities: I use this with
elementary and high school. It is based on clay that is fired and
but you can adapt to your materials:
I introduce the lesson on "HEROES...not just a big sandwich" The
will create a bust of a super hero - head to shoulders. Develop a
around the concept of a bust and what makes a super hero (physical
that might identify a hero)

clay, utensils for scoring and digging, 1 burned-out lightbulb per
kid, some
cellophane to wrap the bulb and paints & brushes.

Shape some of the clay into a rectangular, solid shape - wide enough
for the
light bulb to be inserted. Wrap the lightbulb with cellophane and
insert to the top long side of the rectangle solid. Using small
patties of
clay, carefully cover all of the lightbulb - making sure the seams
closed and secure to the base and the coverage is uniform. By now
the bulb
is covered and resembles a human bust.

Holding the clay covered bulb, turn upside down and dig out the base
leave an even rim and exposing the base of the bulb. Turn back to
side up and cut at the widest part of the bulb all the way around
to remove
the top part of the dome of clay (I call this "brain surgery").
With the
light bulb exposed on both sides, push from the base to remove the
bulb and
reattach the dome using scoring tools. This part can get tricky as
you use
your hands from under as well as the out side to avoid collapsing.

From here the kids add or subtract to make eyes, mouth, ears, horns,
a cape name it! I have had wonderful success with this lesson and
often request it!


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Eliza Jones
Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 9:11 AM
To: Teri Sanford; BluesTruth; art list
Subject: RE: punishment

I too have had success holding something "fun" as a privilege to be
by good behavior. Telling classes that an orderly, focussed
environment is
necessary for using tools such as X-acto knives, materials like
clay, etc.
has motivated a lot of my students, esp the older ones, to
appropriate behavior.
Good luck!

-----Original Message-----
From: Teri Sanford [SMTP:terily]
Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 8:38 AM
To: BluesTruth; art list
Subject: re: punishment

How about a clay activity. Really let them have fun, but
sure they follow your guidelines (including behavior). It's
real motivator when they lose something they KNOW is fun.
you can hold it over their heads all year ("if you want to
clay again..."). Also, the ones who are causing trouble can
removed from the project and do a research paper on the
of (whatever, related to clay, like Greek pottery or

Good luck!
I had a 6th grade like this last year. I nearly quit,
actually. But I knew it would soon pass, and since 6th is
highest level, I will NEVER have to see those rude boys


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