Tuesday, December 13, 2011

5th Grade Clay Snowmen

 5th graders created these fabulous snowmen! 
Day 1.

1. First students were given a large square piece of clay.  They removed a little piece for the head and added details.  Then wedged their large ball of clay.
2. They made their large piece into a pinch pot
3.  Using the small piece of clay they removed another chunk for the head and rolled the clay into a ball.  They then attached the head to the pinch pot being sure to scratch and score the surface.
4.  I had the students poke a hole into the head not to go through completely.  Even though the ball of clay was probably small enough and would not blow up, I wanted to be sure!
5.  Lastly They used the extra clay to add details such as: hats, ear muffs, scarves, buttons, eyes, carrot nose, mouth etc.

Day 2
Pieces were then fired and painted using tempera paints.
All done and ready to wrap and go under the tree!

3 comments:

  1. What did you mean when you said you had them poke a hole in the head but not to go all the way through? a halfway hole will help from clay exploding? Love this idea though!!! :) Want to try it next X mas!

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  2. Yes! If you just put a solid ball of clay in the kiln it runs into risk of exploding because of possible air bubbles. The snowmen's heads were small but I had them do it just in case! It was an easy successful project. Kids went crazy over them!

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  3. u looked my snowmen????? https://vk.com/photo-33172774_273945420

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