Tag Archive: 3D work

I am so proud of the Eagle class.  They are working like a dream and making such gorgeous hats!

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Clay People and Their Pets

After my grade 6’s had made their 2D figure in an environment, they created a 3D figure with an animal of their choice.

The brief :

Person must be sitting and stable.

Animal must be warm-blooded.

Animal and person must be fused (joined) so that one does not go missing from the other when they are dry.

Lesson 1 – for the basics of both animal and person.

Lesson 2 – for the details and refining (using clay tools, toothpicks, tongue depresses and water).

Those children who did not make one or other figure in the first lesson did not get more clay in the second but had to creatively make a plan.

The lesson was success.

The students peer assessed at the end of the 2nd lesson and I kept the best for the 3rd term exhibit.  I really hope they last since we do not have a kiln to fire them.

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Clay Figures Seated


The grade 4’s have all done their first clay figure lesson now.  The brief was to create a clay person seated in an interesting and realistic way.  We spoke strongly about thin pieces of clay breaking easily and parts of the body being linked to give them more strength.  I urged them to remember how extremely brittle the clay becomes when it is bone dry, to think ahead and see the week parts of their little people so that they can build it stronger before it dries.

The little people were each placed on a small square of card with the owner’s name and class written along the edge.  The figures were then placed carefully into a large plastic bag and sealed for a week or until their next art lesson.

I told the kids about the environment created inside the bag.  The heat during day causes the water in the clay to evaporate and become a vapour inside the bag. When night comes and cools the air it condenses on the bag and on the outside f the clay. The clay absorbs so some water before the heat of day comes again and starts the cycle all over again.  When we open the bag we expect to find it very wet inside.  The bag should be wet and the clay should feel wet and slimy but harder than the last lesson as the molecules of the clay are now closer together, more condensed without the water molecules in between them.  The water on the surface of the clay will need to be used quickly to help smooth the clay as it evaporates very quickly – especially in my warm class. – Sometimes art is science too!

This week the grade 4’s are going to finalize their little people by patterning their bodies, adding lines for clothes, buttons and pockets.  They will draw in their eyes and bring out the facial features using toothpicks.  I so look forward to displaying these little guys.  They always bring me such joy – so cute.




This little man is the best clay figure I have ever seen a grade 4 make. Sturdy and stylised with oodles of character! Wish I could keep him.

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