Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Art Adventure: Modeling Clay

My philosophy with art is that it is more important to let children explore art media and enjoy it than it is to always have a perfectly complete project. So, sometimes open-ended projects are best.

Modeling Clay Sculptures
Supplies:
  • modeling clay
  • scissors
  • baking sheet
  • oven

The easiest way to divide up modeling clay is with scissors.
You have to knead and squish the clay a bit to soften it up so you can work with it. Sometimes kids need help with that part.


Then just let them go, and create anything with their imagination. We had a snowman, pretzels, a bridge, a sheep and a tower created this time.

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with foil and bake the sculptures for about 15 mins. (depending on how thick. Check your package instructions.)

Don't underestimate the power of just giving kids supplies and letting them go. You don't always need an elaborate plan. But if you do want building techniques check out my archive.

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