Last year, I made clay animals with kindergarten for their PBL unit. This year I did the same thing with 1st graders. Students got to choose from a lion, a turtle, an owl, or a komodo dragon. They researched the animal in their home rooms ad came to art to build their animal out of clay.
The day that we constructed the animals was crazy. It was a huge logistical challenge to teach 4 different clay forms with details in 45 minutes AND help every kid AND clean up the mess. It helped to have the students sit in groups so they could help each other. Nevertheless, everyone was able to create a clay creature. Once they went through the bisque kiln, first graders used tempera paints to paint their creations.
They turned out spectacular!
When they took them back to their classrooms, they built a habitat diorama. I was thrilled to see that they incorporated some of the skills they have learned in the art room to create their projects!
They even made 2D versions for a display:
This project was awesome. The connection with their classroom learning made the students very engaged in the work and excited to create. I always appreciate the opportunity to collaborate!
❤ Ms. K