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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Clay Texture Medallions



I wanted to begin our first clay adventure with an activity that would assure success in every student while also introducing the kids to the nature of clay. We didn't have any ceramics last year so both the 1st and Kinders were clueless about clay! We talked about where clay came from, a little history of making things with clay, and of course we did a lot of playing. Finally we made something "to keep". I gave them a small piece of clay and told them to roll a ball. Believe it or not but that can be a challenge for some! Then I showed them how to gently step on the ball of clay. What happened? Well, to their surprise, they found a very cool design. The shoe tread is very unique on each child's show and it makes the most interesting texture designs in the clay. We made a hole with a straw so we could make it into a necklace. The following week students learned about "glaze" and painted their fired piece. Here is just an sampling of the finished product. Such simplicity. Such beauty!

Got Clay?


Clay is back in action at Herod! Some of you may know the ill fate of our brand new kiln last year. Hurricane Ike dropped a tree right on top of the shed that housed our kiln! The PTO had generously bought our kiln and built our shed. It practically took an act of God to get the electricity and all but we got it going.....for one year. Well, I am proud to tell you that our new improved, BIGGER kiln is back in action at Herod.

Inaugural Posting!

Well I guess I must admit that I have been talking the talk for a while now about making a Herod Art Blog, and now the talk finally has a walk! I am an art ed blog addict and I guess turnabout is fair game. Plus I am beyond excited to show you (if anyone reads this!) what is going on in our art room. Besides mayhem, fun and learning, there is quite a lot of impressive art too! So join me on our art journey and my blog adventure. I hope you enjoy!