Lorraine writes: "This is an idea which I was introduced to in college. This is a great activity for the last term. Especially for upper juniors.
Painting in Clay
Idea submitted by Lorraine Bastone
1. Each child has a clay canvas
roughly the size of an A4 piece of paper and about 1cm thick.
2. The child then chooses
of a painting to reproduce in the clay. You can have a collection of
different artists as by this time they should have looked in detail at most
them or just focus on one artist.
3. The children then recreate the
painting in the clay first concentrating on the outline of the piece and then
looking deeper at the painting and adding a 3D element to the clay. Noting
which aspects of the painting the artist has tried to emphasise in their use
tone/shade and colours.
4. When the child has finished
the clay is left to dry or is fired which ever is appropriate.
5. The next step is painting and
this allows the child to mix colours trying to get as close to the artists as
6. When dry they can be
glazed. I have used gloss varnish before when there are no children
7. These masterpieces can
finished by framing or just displaying for the parents to see them at the
various times in the summer term when they are in the school."