Grade 1 Clay Animals

Our unit on Reading Art unit has been easy to link to the homeroom unit of Creative Expression, in which the students have been learning how to be creative through play. Creating characters from fish, monsters and cartoons has helped us to understand how to create and read feelings and emotions in art. From this we have begun to develop our own characters that can be used as part of our creative and imaginative play. The first of these characters was an animal made from clay. Students first learnt how to roll, shape and connect the clay using slip and score techniques. Once they where familiar with the techniques they were able to create their own animal characters. They went into the hot kiln and then we painted them with a ceramic glaze before cooking them one more time. They really look quick special and the students are excited to take them home to play with some more.


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