Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Clay Faces

My 5th graders studied the Georgia Artist, Kimmy Cantrell, for their clay unit this year.  I love this lesson and so do they!  It is a great lesson to show student engagement.  We look at Cantrell's artwork and discuss the symbolism behind his work.  We also focus on asymmetry for this project.  Then, the students create their own face with symbolism and asymmetry in mind.  They use their drawing as a template to cut out their face shape from a slab of clay.  They have to use both additive and subtractive techniques when creating their face.  They use the score and slip technique to attach their pieces.  After is dries and is fired, then they paint it with tempera paints.  They are so proud!!



  1. I love how these faces turned out! Great job

  2. I like this lesson a lot! I normally do ugly jugs, so this would be a fun departure!