30 April 2014

Wednesday Works - Pinch-pot monsters with 2nd grade

This one has been floating around online for quite awhile now.  I have done this a few years now and it's probably the biggest hit project of second grade for several reasons.   One, they get to use the "real" clay.   1st grade uses Model Magic (which I LOVE also)  Second, it's MONSTERS!   How can you beat that?!   And third, they love any excuse to get out the paints. 

We cover basic ceramic techniques like slipping and scoring (called "the zipper"), plus formation of a basic pinch pot.   Then they are turned on their sides and the monster mouth appears. 

Here are a few all painted up with tempera cakes (my other favorite thing ever invented)

 If you had time in the school year, you could clear coat these with a bit of finishing spray to make them shiny.   I may do this before the kids take them home this year. 

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