Sunday, May 20, 2018

Clay Lilly Pads

It is really hard to pick a favorite with these awesome projects this year... this is just another amazing project from Tracy Hare and our 3rd grade, our Visiting Artist for the 2018 clay week, feel free to see all the projects from this year by clicking here. I'm not going to get into how this clay project was created due to the fact that I wasn't there, and it's Tracy's lesson... Let these images be an inspiration for you rather than a lesson plan. What I can share about is our finishing techniques.

We looked at some images of Monet's waterlilies to show that he doesn't always use just green when creating his painting and it would be OK if we used more colors than just green as well for our creations.

Again, we used tempera cakes, explained in the K's, 1st and 2nd-grade lessons from this year (click here). I thought it was interesting how the students used this little lily pad to express a mini ecosystem. Some just had a flower on the pad, but others placed frogs, snails, snakes, and one even had an American flag on it.  It created a lot more work for the painting, so for this project, the decorating took the whole hour.

When finished, I placed them in the mixture of 3 parts water and 1 part pearl medium. See video. 

Take a look at some of their work... 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Clay Succulent

What an awesome project!! I love succulents! Tracy added onto the skill of the pinch pot by adding a sculpture within the pot.  See the scaffolding of these lessons, shown on this blog post.  From what I understand, Mrs. Hare had students create a pinch pot.  They then rolled coils or manipulated the clay to look like succulents to put in the pot. She showed them examples of succulents and showed techniques, but I think students also developed their own style when given the chance to design their clay plant. 

This was the only project that I glazed this year with the kids... and really, only part of the project was glazed.  I had the students only add glazed to the 'pot' portion of the plant. This did not take the whole hour so I had the students do an observational drawing with their plants when they were done. I only have one color of glaze for each class. This allowed me to separate the classes from each other. The glaze gave a different texture and feel compared to the plant, and this just furthered the illusion of an actual plant. 

Students used semi-most tempera cakes for the plants. I wish I would have pulled these out earlier.  I found them to be less chalky when dried than the other tempera cakes I used with the 1st and second grade (see the previous post). As I had done with some of the other projects, I gave it a quick dip in a bath to help seal it.  I used 3 parts water and one part pearl medium (or thereabouts).

These plants are adorable and I couldn't wait to send them home with students to share with their families.

To see what other projects PVEMS created with our visiting Artist, Tracy Hare during Clay Week 2018, please see this previous post. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Prairie View Elementary and Middle School Art Show

Prairie View Elementary and Middle School Art Show

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
4 pm to 7 pm

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pinch Pot Pets

First grade Pinch Pots Pets were amazing. I love the variety and choice given to the students as they created their little Animal. Mrs. Hare reviewed pinch pots with these students first. Explaining, creating, and them coming back for more instruction. Students were then learned how to slip and score their 'extras' to create their pinch pot into a pet.

After firing, our students used Tempera Cakes to decorate as I did the k's (see the previous post). These were a great choice for both my K's and 1st-grade students. These 6 and 7 year-olds have a little more patients than the K's so I chose to dip their works in a bath to help seal it. They had to leave the clay in my classroom a bit longer, but it was worth it because there was GLITTER involved.  I mixed Glitter Medium (I have used both of the Mediums pictured above) 3 parts water to one part Medium in a container deep enough to dip these little projects in. See this video to see how I did the dipping. I used the mixture day after day just adding a little water and mixing it up again with a spatula. The racks that I set them on our locker shelves. TIP: if you check the lockers at the end of the year, once students leave... I bet you will find several locker shelves that you can take for this purpose.

Take a look at some of their awesome works of Art...

To see what other projects PVEMS created with our visiting Artist, Tracy Hare during Clay Week 2018, please see this previous post. 

As a slide not: This is how I take all my sculpture pictures. A simple solution to get a very professional result.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Kindergarten, Pinch Pots

Pinch pots are a standard for both our K's and 1st-grade. In the past, we have done Clay Nests but this year I was excited to see that Mrs. Hare brought in some choice to the clay pots.  There was a lot of variety because of this.

For many of the projects this year, a pinch pot was the base. This was no exception. I did walk in one time to hear Mrs. Hare talk about using the alligator jaw (the thumb in fingers) to pinch the pot. I thought this was clever to get kids to get their fingers all the way into the pot to pinch. 

After having the pots completed she brought them back to group teaching and told them about some of the things they might want to create in or on the pots. This lead to a lot of variety in the final results.

We painted inside most days but our school is building on, right on the other side of my wall... so on this particular day, we went outside to paint. Actually, it was kind of nice because the kids could make a mess and it didn't matter. They could dump the water in the grass and stack everything on the card again. I might set up painting clay like this in the future. As you can see, We used Tempera Cakes for the pigment. I suggested several coats of paint to give bright color. I also suggested that they fill 'all the white spots'. The cakes are a bit chalky when dry, but I packed them up and sent them home by the end of class. They were excited to bring them home. 

I packed them up with a piece of tissue paper and had them write their names on a slip of paper and I stabled it on the top. They are beautiful this way and make a great Mother's Day gift if a student is in need of one.

As I mentioned, the variety was wonderful to see. K's are always so proud of their work and this was no exception!