Art Y2 Skills Craft Using Clay L1

Art Y2 Skills Craft Using Clay L1


In this lesson, pupils will be working
with clay and learning a basic technique using their knowledge from a previous
lesson on pattern. They’ll also learn that clay needs to be used when it’s wet
and malleable and that rolling out clay creates a flat surface which can be
worked into as a patterned tile. You’ll need to demonstrate the activity that
the children are going to do. So start with a lump of clay and roll it into a
flat shape but not too thin. Using a card template and some plastic cutting tools cut the tile. Score the back of the tile like this to prevent it warping when it
dries and of course remind children to put their names on it. Then, using the spare clay leftover from the tile cutting, they will experiment with pressing the objects into the clay, creating repeating patterns. Point out that pushing too far into the clay will weaken it. They can just rub their finger
over the clay to smooth it out again and keep experimenting until they find a
pattern that they’re happy with. Then they’re ready to create their
masterpiece on their tile. A more advanced alternative would be to create a pot and you begin by wrapping a slab of clay around a solid tube, then score
down the edge to create a rough surface which is easier to stick to. Then, join
the overlap with slip which is a thick paste created by mixing water and clay. Then press the objects into the clay to create the desired patterns. Cut out a circular base from the clay, attach it to the bottom of the vessel and use the
slip to smooth over the joint to secure it. Once complete, leave the tiles (or the
pots) to dry, ready to paint.

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