Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A little color for you on this gray day

Endangered Species Clay faces!

During the months of March and April, 6th and 7th graders embarked on a giant clay project:  each student created a clay face from an endangered animal of their choosing.  They used additive and subtractive methods of building with clay- shaping, sculpting and carving.  Once the clay was bisque fired, they jumped into painting and color mixing, and then used acrylic paints to paint their animal.  They could go realistic or be inspired by folk art animals. We had lemurs, dugongs, Asian elephants, sloths, river dolphins, red pandas... and some animals I had never even known of.  And as we went along, each of these pieces took on a life and personality of their own--they came to life.

The whole process was one that took immense attention to detail, patience and thoughtfulness.  And the results are stunning.  Students should be so proud.   Some stellar samples are below.  Meet these fun characters that were made to educate others about conserving and supporting.