The students really enjoyed the “feel” of their painting so I thought it appropriate to continue by making a piece of art that you can experience in a similar way. The students were given a big lump of clay and an array of objects, such as different types of pasta, buttons, wood pieces, clay tools, and rolling pins, to try out to make different textures in the clay. I wanted to give the students the opportunity to see how many textures they could create and to see that they could mess up and roll the clay back up and start all over again.
Clay is very forgiving, which is one of the reasons I think it is a great medium for kids to work with. I showed students images and samples of clay fish and asked them to decide if they wanted to make a flat, wall hanging type of fish, or a 3-D sculptural type of fish. I demonstrated how to make each type of fish and showed students examples of how they could use texture to create the gills, scales, and fins. Watching their amazement as they molded a lumpy piece of clay into a beautiful fish was wonderful. This week we will be painting the fish, I can’t wait to see how they turn out.