|Of course, there is an Olaf...or two...or three!|
Last year and the year before were years with "kiln troubles", mostly caused by power outages and broken water lines spewing water all over unfired work and the controls on the kiln. Fortunately, this year has proven to be a much better year for clay, so all my students in grades 1-7 have had at least one clay creating experience this year.
I can't resist using artist Jim Dine as our inspiration for a Valentine themed clay project in first grade. We make our "Jim Dine Valentines" in a single class period. The students learn to roll clay, cut out shapes, and add decorative touches with simple tools. This year we added a few snowflakes in honor of both the snow that wouldn't quit falling and the popularity of "Frozen" with my younger students!
Unfortunately, I failed to photograph the finished pieces in our rush to get them home by Valentine's Day. Too many snow days slowed down our progress! The students use tempera and glitter paints, which I seal with a coat of ModPodge, then assemble their necklaces, door hangers, and other assorted treasures to take home for this special day.
|Getting ready to demo with my "teacher cam"|
|Every student has a spot for his or her clay pieces|
|Getting ready for the kiln|
|The classic snowman...love this!|
|Thinking outside the box...a snow crab!|
|Black cat, pumpkin, and a colorful owl|
|The mini-me makes this one so cute!|
|I love when students add a few props!|