Art Books (Clay)

Found this story read aloud on YouTube, and it is so good!! It would be the perfect book for kicking off a clay unit!!

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Mouse Paint

The kindergarten Mouse Paint project is very cute! Students made teeny little model magic mice, then carefully painted the inside of the ears, tail, and nose pink in the following class. We talked all about the primary colors and color mixing, then painted the background. We started by painting yellow in the middle, then added red and used a “feather touch” to lightly blend the two colors together. We did the same on the other side with blue. Colorful! The last step was flying down the mice and making tiny paintbrushes out of model magic.

When Pigasso Met Mootisse Clay Project

I love this book, and my 1st and 2nd graders had a blast creating artist pigs (1st grade) and cows (2nd grade). We started by making clay pinch pots, then I showed them how to attach the legs. Some students opted to not add legs. Those that didn’t add legs did the front of the pinch pots as the entire face. After adding legs, students formed the head and used a pinch and pull method to make the ears and/or horns. We added the snout/nose and tail, then little details last. When they were ready to paint, we looked at different breeds of cows and pigs to see our color options. I put out a palette of pink, two shades of peach, three shades of brown, black and white. Those were our realistic colors. The following week, we experimented with adding artist brushstrokes and paint splatters to our artist animals and selected googly eyes. On the last day of the project, we added artist accessories….beret, model magic paintbrush, mini Picasso/Matisse paintings made with markers on tiny pieces of paper. This was a FUN project!

Tic Tac Toe!

Our clay tic tac toe game boards and pieces being painted in #5thgradeart and they look awesome!! Used tempera cakes to paint them so they would dry quickly and students could build up layers of color and work on all sides of their game pieces in one class. They aren’t quite finished yet, but almost there!