Thursday, April 17, 2014
Model Magic Pinch Pots in Second Grade
I do not have a kiln, or a classroom, but I still try to do additive and subtractive sculpture projects with each of my classes every year. Model Magic is not a cheap option, but it is clean and easy.
I opened a 1/2lb. package of Model Magic. Using my teacher scissors, I cut it in half longways, then in half on the short side. I continued dividing the clay in this way till I had 16 small pieces. I tossed them in a zip-loc.
Students received a disposable lunch bowl and wrote their name in the bottom. We discussed the rules of the clay (no throwing, tossing, or pulling apart). I gave each student a piece to roll into a sphere.
Step-by-step I took them through making a pinch-pot. Like I said, 5 minutes tops. They put their little bowl in their lunch tray and we set them to dry. I came in to their room later in the afternoon and wrote their names on the bottom with Sharpie once they were dried a little.
Week 2, we used patterns and Sharpie and decorated our pots.