Oh boy. You know that phrase, “You live, you learn”? Oh yeah, I’m feeling it. I am doing way too many clay lessons. I’m juggling a kiln schedule that no art teacher wants! Next year I’m going to be smarter about spacing out the clay projects!! It’s crazy time in my room! So crazy, that I actually got a piece of clay stuck in my eye last week. I had to take a half day of sick leave to go have the doctor remove it. It huuuuuuuurt. Hopefully I won’t do that again!
Anywho… onwards and upwards! Kindergarten clay is all about learning clay properties and purposes. I have an awesome Flip Chart that I show the students on the Promethean board talking about what clay is and all the different stages it goes through. How even if they were to take a small piece home with them they can’t cook it in their own oven because it doesn’t come close to how hot our kilns get!
- Clay properties & purposes
- Students will be able to identify the clay process by understanding clay properties.
- Students will be able to create a clay pinch pot and understand what purposes clay may have in different forms.
- Students will recall different types of lines and utilize proper brush control by painting water color decorations on their clay pinch pots.
- Students receive the lesson on clay properties and purposes.
- Demonstrate how to make a pinch pot bowl.
- Students go to their seats and make their pinch pots.
- We go back to the rug and talk more about clay, doing some exercises on the Promethean board.
- Students will recall different types of lines and decorate their “package” to take their clay pinch pot home. They will write their name, then draw lines using a sharpie marker.
- Using good brush control, students watercolor paint over all their lines. This serves as great practice for all the lines they’re about to paint on their pinch pots!
- Back on the rug for demonstration with decorating their pinch pots using lines.
- Back at the table to paint!
I took pictures from the top and side so you can see all the decorations. I also took a few pics of the envelope/package they decorated to take their clay home in.
So here’s a funny part… I have some super helpful 3rd graders that love to help me in the art room when they have indoor recess. I had them draw hearts on the envelopes for the Kindergartners. They put the heart on the right side on accident, but I didn’t think it was a big enough deal to have them re-make them. OH BOY. By having the heart on the right side (instead of left), about 90% of the class wrote their names backwards. It was crazy! I never would have predicted it! So funny. I had them re-write them the correct way… so so funny. Silly kiddos!
Here are their pinch pots!
So colorful! I just love them! 🙂
I’ll be back soon with 4th grade clay. Spoiler alert: they’re amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing and there are WAY too many for me to photograph!!!