Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Clay time -Friday Art -Nov 16th-

We have started to explore clay inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle. 
She was a French - American sculptor, painter, and filmmaker. She was one of the few women artist widely known for monumental sculpture.
Before we started the our art project, we explored the differences between playdough and clay.
Most of the children had not touched clay before so we needed to take time and not rush this important step.

They noticed a lot of differences between playdough and clay, among them being the temperature, texture and the weight. 
We showed a few images of some of the artist's work. This was our entry point into the idea that clay can be used to express movement.

We started to explore making a human and we remembered from Picasso's work that sometimes there are different ways of expressing the human figure.

We talked about the parts be often see when we play with one another. Arms and legs turned out to take a bit of practice when using clay, but the children enjoyed the challenge.
And we noticed it is difficult to connect to each part of the bodies...and clay is a bit harder than making arm and legs.

Clay play helps the children to develop their hand and eye coordination as they pound, pat and push the clay into shapes and objects. 
And all the teachers delighted in the joy these children expressed through their engagement with this earthen material.

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