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ART WITH MS K

Clay Houses

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This project was inspired by a version done in summer camp this past summer.

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We began by reading the delightfully illustrated story Home.

Students were inspired by the different homes in the story to sketch their own dwellings.

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On the first clay day, we rolled out a slab and used texture mats and other tid bits to create textures. Students cut the outline of their houses as well.

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The second clay day*, we added details by using pinch, slab, and coil method. Students were encouraged to personalize their houses with details like their address number and other personal things. After a bisque fire, we glaze.

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When the houses emerge from the inferno a second time, they are shiny and bright!

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A Japanese temple:

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A watermelon house:

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Kremlin inspired:

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A castle:

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A rainbow house:

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A tall house:

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The Leaning Tower of Piza:

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A tree house:

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A colorful castle and a wooden house:

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Pokeball houses:

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A dragon on a castle:

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Hooray for houses!

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*I really like to give my students the chance to use clay more than one day. This is important because many of them only get the chance to touch clay once a year and since it is such a special experience I want them to get a chance to use the material for more than just 45 minutes. This can make storage a little challenging but it is worth it for the students to get the exposure to creating 3D shapes and forms.

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Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

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