School Age Program

April 2018

Introducing Clay

Since September the children have been modeling and creating with plasticine. They have discovered how to create “smudge art”, 3D sculptures and use a variety of tools to add details to their work. We decided to introduce clay to further build on these skills.

The clay allows for a different medium for the children to explore.Although modeling with clay is very similar to modeling with the plasticine, the clay provides a different texture, you need to work with water to balance the consistency, and clay will harden into a piece of art the children can later paint or add to as they wish.

We introduced the clay, providing a small clump for each person to work with.Day one was a day to experiment how the clay re-acts when being molded, the children were experimenting with different designs and enjoying the texture of the material. This was a day of trial and error.The next day we continued with our sculpting, spending more time thinking about what we wanted to create and how we would execute our ideas.

This is Heather’s Story:

Over these days Heather worked for long durations with the clay. At first, she was taking time experimenting with the consistency of the clay when water is added, how the clay can be moulded and manipulated.Trying different tools and ways to sculpt such as rolling, pounding, pinching and squishing. Heather than set out with her plan to create a variety of sculptures.At first, she was unsure of what she wanted to create, but as she worked her ideas became clearer.By rolling the clay into long “snakes” she discovered she could than coil the “snakes” to create a “pot”.She continued working making small sculptures, until with her last small piece remained, then, she became stumped.What should she make?Thinking that she wanted to make something for her dad, she settled on making a “fish” as fishing is something her dad enjoys doing.How to make a fish?Heather experiment with a few ideas but seemed a little stuck.Jen sat with her and asked her a few questions to help her focus her idea.Do you want to make it 3D or flat?What shapes are do you see in a fish?What are the parts of a fish?Head? Fins? Body? Heather was encouraged to sketch out her idea as this sometimes helps in with the creative process.Heather sat and sketched her idea and than she was able to accurately sculpt her work following the sketch. During this process Heather demonstrated excellent problem-solving skills, patience, thoughtfulness, and a wonderful sense of imagination.


Morgan Atwood PSW