Friday, November 5, 2010

Clay Flowers

This was a fun clay lesson I found here, thanks Bethany for sharing!  And Bethany thanked Mrs. Trott for sharing the lesson originally with her!!  We don't have a kiln, so we used air dry clay and painted with acrylic paints.  Next time I do this lesson, I'll give students a shorter skewer, and over-emphasize that each petal and leaf needs to be at least a certain thickness. 
A number of leaves and petals didn't make it to the painting stage b/c they were too thin and broke.
Materials Needed:
Wooden skewers
Small pot
Rocks to fill pot 
Make clay pieces and use wooden skewer to make the holes.  **Note, it's important to wiggle the skewer around a bit to make the holes a bit bigger than the width of skewer because the clay tends to shrink when it dries.
Paint each part separately.
After paint dries, thread pieces onto the wooden skewer.

This student got creative with broken flower.....I still think it looks great:)

Thanks tons to North County Christian School high school art students!!!

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Marcia Beckett said...

Those are really cool! Did you use a varnish? What type did you use?

Ms. R said...

Wow... these are super cool and I like how they are interchangeable artworks! Thanks for sharing!

Tisha Smith said...

Yes, Marcia - I did spray them with a clear gloss coating. I think I used "Krylon Crystal Clear" found in the spray paint section at hardware stores, etc. Definitely spray outside when no kids are present.
Ms. R. - That's so clever, they are interchangeable...I never thought about that! I'll be sure to let the kids know that they're free to mix up the order of the beads whenever they wish:)Thanks!

Mrs. Hahn said...

WOW! I love these! Thanks so much for sharing! I hope you don't mind if I use you for a inspiration.

April said...

Too cute!