Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Underwater Clay Sculptures

This 4th Grade, Underwater Sculpture is not nearly as amazing in the photographs as they are in real life.  I adore this project that Tracy Hare created with our students this year for Clay Week 2018. To see all the projects, please click here

Tracy and I are from Minnesota and both of us went to Florida for Spring break with our families (not together). She must have been inspired, and so was I. I had plans to do some observational drawing with shells and she had plans to make this sea life sculpture with our 4th grade. I was able to share my shells and some texture tools with her as she instructed this lesson plan. 

Again, the base of this project was a pinch pot... Oh, the many things you can do with a pinch pot. The additive sculpture on top was what set this work of art apart from the rest. She had them creating seashells, seaweed, starfish and even mermaids.  There was so much choice within the theme that every one of these projects looks different. 

The finishing steps were once again similar to the younger grades work, (see previous post). We used the semi-moist tempera cakes to add the color and a pearl or a glitter finish (videos can be found on the 1st and 3rd-grade clay week posts) to seal their project. The students have lot's to be proud of. The projects are turning out amazing.  

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