3rd Grade – Clay Sunfaces

This was a fun clay project done with 3rd graders. We talked about how the Aztec Native Americans worshiped the sun god because they thought that’s who decided we would have another day each day. He was pretty important! He brought them plant life, dried their spices, did so much for them. So the Aztec people made much artwork that glorified the sun god. We also talked about clay properties and what a slab clay project would look like, relief in sculpture, slipping and scoring, etc. I demonstrated the entire process, gave them a few suggestions but ultimately they had two goals: it had to look like a sun and it had to resemble a face. Here are their creations:

Clay_Sunface (2) Clay_Sunface (9) Clay_Sunface (7) Clay_Sunface (8) Clay_Sunface (6) Clay_Sunface (5) Clay_Sunface (4) Clay_Sunface (3)

They painted with tempera cakes. The first week, I gave them big paint brushes and they had to paint with just warm colors. The second week, they got teeeeeny tiny paintbrushes and painted with cool colors. Then, after school I dipped them in a polymer glaze:

Clay_Sunface (14)

And that’s what gave them the shimmery finish! This stuff is amazing!

Clay_Sunface (13) Clay_Sunface (10)

Looooove it!

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