Disposable Plastic Knife
Water and Dish soap (for cleanup)
Paper to cover the work surface (for easy clean-up)
Preheat oven to 250 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition all clay by kneading until it’s soft and smooth. Have an adult help you with baking your project.
3d sculpture, addition method of sculpting, working within specific requirements and still being individual, shape, form, detail
Prepare before hand: Have the pieces of clay divided up per group in a container on the table. Prepare enough index cards with a characteristic idea on them. Some examples might include: has pigtails, is showing it's bellybutton, has a big body and a small head, wears glasses, has two noses, has hair down to it's toes, wears a bow tie, wears a top hat, has wings, has horns, has spikes, has webbed feet, etc. Each card will have one of these ideas on it that students will be required to use.
When the students arrive, give an introduction to the lesson, telling them about the material, and outlining the requirements.
• It must use the given characteristic.
• It must be no larger than 2 inches in any direction.
• It cannot be any shorter than 1 inch.
• It must fit on the end of a pencil.
Some things to say about the material are: Don't attach any small pieces because they will probably break off; Connect parts thoroughly to prevent them from breaking; Prepare the clay by warming it and softening it in your hands, but don't overwork it.
Have students draw a card as if from a deck, making their selections random. Have students put their name on the card (in pencil). They will then create their creature using the idea on their card. When they are finished sculpting, the creature will go back on the same card, name side up.
Have students test them to make sure they stay on the pencils. The holes must be tight and at least 3/4 of an inch deep. If they put them on the pencil and they get stuck, twisting slowly helps to take them apart. This should only take about 45 minutes total.
The creatures can be baked right on the cards, and then returned to the students without confusion and missing pieces. Bake them for 10 minutes at 250 °F. They display very nicely on a new set of pencils in a nice cup. Now they can never complain about not having an eraser!
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