3rd grade FINALLLLLLY worked with clay. I was starting to get worried we wouldn't be able to fit it in before the end of the year! We learned how to create the body out of a pinch pot. Students then created a coil which is like a clay snake. They could take chunks off of that coil and that manipulate them into different details they needed like eyes, eyebrows, feathers, etc. I stressed that they needed to slip, score, and smooth the clay detail pieces or else they would fall off in the kiln. After they got out of the kiln, we painted them with tempera paint. Students put their color theory knowledge to the test and were allowed to mix whatever colors they wanted. I was impressed with how well they knew which colors could be mixed and which colors didn't mix well!
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President. Apple Teacher.