Monday, March 1, 2010


The long anticipated clay project is here!

This year, the clay technique we are going to focus on is called COIL CONSTRUCTION. Coils are those 'snakes' that are just about the first thing little kids make with their Playdoh. Coils are great for building, because you can stack them on top of each other and create pretty consistent walls with them.

Today I demonstrated the technique for all of the classes.

I also introduced some new vocabulary with this project...

SCORING = cutting into the clay to rough up the places where two clay pieces need to be attached to each other.

SLIP = a 'glue' made from clay and water mixed together. It forms a slimy mud. :) We use slip to cement the pieces to each other.

The projects begin tomorrow and will continue through Thursday.

In order to keep the clay moist over the course of 3 days, we will enclose them in plastic grocery sacks. I will provide the sacks, but it would be nice if you could send one with your student to replace the one he/she was given. That way I will have enough sacks for the 5th and 6th grade clay projects next term. Thank you!
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