Lots and lots

OF CLAY !

white clay – wet
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white clay – drying

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white clay – dry

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red clay – drying

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red clay – fired!

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During the month of January children in first, second and third grades have been exploring the possibilities and limitations of clay focusing on using our hands as tools. We will continue to practice basic techniques for shaping balls, rolling coils, pinching pots and pressing slabs. Also, we are learning how to properly use and care for a variety of clay tools.

Week 1:  Explore:

Pinch, pat, pull apart, roll, and squish the clay together.

Using your hands, change the shape of the clay to show your idea.

Pass the “pick up” test.

Week 2 – Practice:

Draw different kinds of lines with a clay drawing tool.

Stamp designs with plaster and clay stamps.

Cut out shapes with metal shape cutters.

Explore textures with wooden tools.

Design a clay heart using the techniques above.

Pass the pick up test.

Week 3 – Assemble – parts to whole:

Envision an idea for a clay snowman, snowcat, bear or other animal.

Practice the “scratch and attach” technique.  (Scratch, scratch, wet, attach.)

Starting with balls and coils, model the body parts.

Assemble the parts together using “scratch and attach.”

Notice how parts put together make a whole object.

Pass the pick up test.

To be continued!!!

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Cut paper – art and science

Artist Rogan Brown

“We live in a world dominated by science,” Brown says. “Art needs to work hard to keep up or use the language and imagery of science for its own ends.”

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Artist Rogan Brown’s paper sculptures are many times larger than the organisms that inspire them. Magic Circle Variation 5 is approximately 39 inches wide by 39 inches tall in its entirety. Brown has created multiple versions of Magic Circle, the shape of which alludes to a petri dish and a microscope lens.

Courtesy of Rogan Brown  roganbrown.com

Is This Snowy Wonderland or The World Inside a Petri Dish?

By Meredith Rizzo

Do you remember cutting paper snowflakes in school? Artist Rogan Brown has elevated that simple seasonal art form and taken it to science class.

These large-scale paper sculptures may evoke snow, but actually trade on the forms of bacteria and other organisms. The patterns may feel familiar, but also a bit alien.

Click HERE to read the full, fascinating story from NPR.

NPR / PUBLIC HEALTH
Is This Snowy Wonderland Or The World Inside A Petri Dish? By Meredith Rizzo
December 25, 20155:26 AM ET
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Possibilities

Stack and balance.

Take apart.

Put together in a new way.

Do this 3 times.

Stretch your thinking. 

Explore possibilities. 

Express your best idea. 

Glue together with wood glue.

Voila!

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