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Lesson Plans

Re: clay- without a kiln

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Deb Mortl (dmortl)
Mon, 27 Sep 1999 07:39:40 CDT

Doesn't crayola make something that hardens in cold water? I don't use it,
but I think I got a sample in the mail a while back.

>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)
> Materials:
> clay, utensils for scoring and digging, 1 burned-out lightbulb per
>kid, some
> cellophane to wrap the bulb and paints & brushes.
> Procedure:
> 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!
> -=deb=-
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Eliza Jones
> Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 9:11 AM
> To: Teri Sanford; BluesTruth; art list
> Subject: RE: punishment
> Jill,
> 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!
> Eliza
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Teri Sanford [SMTP:terily]
> Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 8:38 AM
> To: BluesTruth; art list
> Subject: re: punishment
> Jill,
> 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
> teri

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