For the past 2 weeks at Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA we have been playing in the "mud" or really clay! We had 10 super campers age 7-10 who learned the 3 basic hand building techniques.... 1. Slab, 2. Coil and 3. Pinch. Campers made practice projects to build up to the main attraction of clay slab house. First we made a small coil pot using swirls and other shapes to create interest. Second we made pinch pot animals and learned about the all important "vent hole". Third we made small slab platters that we wedged white and brown clay together to create a cool marbling effect. Along the way "small stuff" was created as well such as slab tiles, necklace charms and fairies. Then we ended the projects with the slab houses and incorporating all three techniques together. And they are all FABULOUS!!! My kids did a great job and were super creative. Proud art teacher for sure:) Please check out their work below.
I just L-O-V-E these bowls we made with our middle school students. Some students made paper maché bowls shown on the right and painted them with watercolors in cool designs while others made small clay bowls on the left and demonstrated their slip trailing techniques on them. Miss Ann and I both made the large bowls and serving platter in the center to raffle off to our staff so we could donate money as well as the bowls to such a great event in our community. The Empty Bowls organization is in communities across America and more. They hold events that help raise money for our hungry and give away a bowl to those who gave as a remembrance. Here's a link if your school or organization is interested in participating. http://www.emptybowls.net/
In 6th Grade we have been concentrating mostly on RED CLAY! Students have made slab toad houses, experimented with underglazing techniques on small bowls, made a winter plate and even explored their heraldry with colored pencil and calligraphy.
7th Grade has 2 projects a quarter. They have a choice between a food or animal sculpture in white clay and also complete a painting with oil pastel and watercolor to go with their sculpture.
8th Grade Traditional Class has been busy these first two semesters. Projects included portraits, still life drawings and foil drawings, printmaking etchings and finally a sewn marblized paper book.
8th Grade Sculpture class have been experimenting with cardboard, wire and found object sculptures.