Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Camp at CCAA - Clay Houses

For the past 2 weeks at Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA we have been playing in the "mud" or really clay! We had 10 super campers age 7-10 who learned the 3 basic hand building techniques.... 1. Slab, 2. Coil and 3. Pinch. Campers made practice projects to build up to the main attraction of clay slab house. First we made a small coil pot using swirls and other shapes to create interest. Second we made pinch pot animals and learned about the all important "vent hole". Third we made small slab platters that we wedged white and brown clay together to create a cool marbling effect. Along the way "small stuff" was created as well such as slab tiles, necklace charms and fairies. Then we ended the projects with the slab houses and incorporating all three techniques together. And they are all FABULOUS!!! My kids did a great job and were super creative. Proud art teacher for sure:) Please check out their work below.
Coil Pot with Lid by Sheridan

Coil bowl by Esme
Pinch pot animals and some small stuff

Slab tiles and watercolor name plates

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