Time to get messy! We used self drying clay which was surprisingly successful! I showed them the work or Joan Miró and Romero Britto to show how painters have turned their work into sculpture. It was the last project of the year with 7th grade and I wanted them to just have fun with it!
After the introduction of the artists I let them experiment with the clay for the rest of the period. I gave them prompts such as: create something nature inspired, create something man made inspired, and crest something Miró or Britto inspired. Be prepared for the falic jokes which is inevitable.
Day 2 I showed them how to make a pinch pot and how to coil using slip and score. Then I showed them how to add eyes, noses, feet etc!
They had a lot of fun with their creatures and later painted them with acrylic paint!
Encourage using newsprint under their clay for quicker clean up!