Clay Story Tellers
Level: Elementary and Middle School
Duration: Two 45-minute class periods
Historical Overview: Indigenous Peoples in the Americas clay work
Goals and Objectives: To introduce sculpting techniques
Vocabulary: Positive and negative space, carving additive and subtractive methods, proportion, scale
Materials: Clay, carving tools, wire and washer clay cutting tool, sponges, water containers, toothbrushes, spray bottle
- Anticipatory Set: Show posters and books of images of different Indigenous Peoples in the Americas story teller sculptures.
- Make wire and washer clay cutting tool.
- Review proportions of a person.
- Review vocabulary.
- Demonstrate subtractive method and found tools.
- Have students wedge clay, use rolling pin, and trace and cut out circle for a skirt.
- Have students make coils for arms and legs and roll ball for head.
- Use a toothbrush for adhering different shapes and a clay extruder to make hair.
- Make sure to spray clay and wrap any unfinished work well.