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re: clay in preschool

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Thu, 30 Sep 1999 22:00:51 -0500

I find it fun and not so difficult to work with real clay with four to six
years old. I usually have made enough clay balls for everyone to get at
least two or three and we make pinch pots and little candle holders(like
pinc pots except with holes on the sides so the light shines through. We
also make pinch pots into animal bells(not until the third time or so) and
then lots of little animals that they do just by exploring what you can do
with the clay.
And just to add something for fun. I was in Denmark where 45 art students
were working with five artists for a week and one of the projects was to
make a more than a meter high figure sculpture over an armature of wood.
Four to five students made one together. It really was great, beautiful
figures, realistic ones, trolls, outer space characters etc. Then these
figures were put upon the hills among the sanddunes to dry and fall apart
and become a part of nature again.
This is all for now. Best regards from the far north, Rosa

> How do you approach the free exploration with your Ks? What I
>mean is, how much clay do they get, is it the "real stuff" or
>modeling clay? What do you do with the "projects," are they
>fired or just recycled? I usually let them explore with
>modeling but I find that they need to experience the "drying out
>from overwork" problem before we try to do something like a
>pinch pot. And last year's pinch pots were mostly done by ME
>(they had to be "saved" before they fell totally apart) so they
>would have success. I think this year I might have Ks do
>something in a mold, like a small plastic container, and have
>them put "stones" inside and smush them together. Might be more