Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Clay Birdie

Kindergarten / Pre-school 
Clay Birdie's 

We had so much Fun making these clay birds. A friend of mine, Steph Madder of Tolt River Studio,
Donated 30 small bags of paper clay. 
Each student started with a ball of 2" diam. paper clay. We shaped only the body and head of the bird. Plus beak!

Funny look'n little fella

About two days later, I insert toothpicks for the carefully so that the clay doesn't become to hard. You want the clay to be set but soft enough to still poke the toothpick into. 
Note: I found the paper clay dries a little slower than Crayola air dry clay.

. We painted Styrofoam 3x3 blocks that I cut up. Then attached moss with glue. Pays to live in the North West! The moss was from my back yard! After 4 to 5 days the birds should be dyed out.

Second class, we painted the birds and pasted feathers. I tried to find paste and evidently its a thing of the past. Sooo...  I took 4 large glue sticks and 1/2 cup glue. Soften glue sticks in microwave on LOW, Until soft enough to blend in glue. mix well. Viola! Paste
I thought it easier to apply feathers with paste. Glue is to thin and runny.

Paper clay recipe

 The birds turned out so cute!

Above is my teacher sample.

It was so fun to watch the birds take on their own individual personalities!

I love this one. it started out as blob.. and turned into this amazing bird stretching his wings! so cool.

A few more birdies from my pre-school class

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I love your blog design...I'm glad I came across it. I teach k-5 art as well. Last year I had done a similar lesson to this where I used model magic to make the birds and clay pinch pots to make the "nest". They are so adorable! I also like the way you added the effects tot he photos :)