We will make the large shapes needed for a clay animal. Students will be able to pinch and pull and score and smooth to start building animal sculptures.
- Foam trays
- Damp sponges
- Plastic forks
- Ziploc bags
- Resource: animal photos, Terracotta zoomorphic askos (vessel) with antlers, Cypriot, from the Met collection
Look at Terracotta zoomorphic askos (vessel) with antlers and notice shapes. Discuss why the artist made the shapes this way.
Look at animal photos and drawings and notice shapes.
Demonstrate making clay shapes for an animal and then firmly attaching the shapes.
Demonstrate making thick forms so they won’t break.
Have students make and attach the shapes for their animal.
Save in Ziploc bags.
Read aloud Frida Kahlo And Her Animalitos. Students will start developing a fairy tale about their animals.
Writing Prompt (Optional):
Students will write about their clay animal. They will think about a name, what their animal looks like, and where it lives.
Pinch and pull, body, head, legs