This art lesson is inspired by MN Art Gal.
K/1 students are having a wonderful time with their first clay experience. We created pinch pots and then learned how to slip and score the feet to the bottoms of the pinch pots.
Here is what our pinch pots started out as:
This proved much more difficult than anticipated. The clay was a little harder than I would liked because I had pre-rolled them into balls on Tuesday after school because I knew I wouldn’t have enough prep time to dish out kindergarten-sized clay during prep on Friday. Ah, the joys of being at two schools. But they did it!
After learning the art term, pinch pot, we moved onto score and slip. Some teachers use cutsey words for things like this. I think they should know the proper terms right away and then the correct terms will be reinforced every year as they do clay again with me.
For those of you that have forgotten your last clay experience, scoring is where you make marks on both pieces of clay you would like to attach together. Slip is really watery clay we use to to put over the scored areas. Then the two pieces of clay can be joined together and the seams smoothed out.
After they were fired, we reviewed primary and secondary colors. We then added a new art word, tint. K/1s had a great time experimenting with color theory. Sometimes it’s great to have a really structured lesson but sometimes K/1s need time to learn and discover on their own. This was one of those independent learning moments and it was really successful. Here are some of the color theorists in action:
PS Ending a K/1 class with paint requires organization, correct? Throw in a fire drill 3 min prior to clean up which puts you at a two min clean up time with 15 students by the time you get back in the building. Awesome.