Friday, February 21, 2014

1st Grade- Beverly Buchanan Clay Houses

1st graders studied the sculptures of Georgia artist, Beverly Buchanan. Her sculptures and photographs of poor, Southern sharecroppers' homes sparked our conversation about what the word "home" means to us. The students used small pieces of clay to create triangles and squares that were attached using scoring and slip. The students created textures on the surface. After the houses were bisque fired, the kids colored  them with oil pastel. Then, they gave it a surface wash of watered-down black tempera. I sponged it off a bit for them so the textures would show up and then we added a coat of glossy mod podge. I also tied a piece of twine through the hole for them. I just think these are so sweet!

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