Kindergarten students recently began a unit on clay and its sculptural properties. Students were first given oil-based clay to experiment with the many ways clay can be manipulated. This was done as a class, in a succession of steps guided by the teacher.
What do you notice about this artwork?
What is it made from?
How do you think this vessel might have be used?
Students were then introduced to earthen clay and instructed in the required steps to construct a simple vessel using the most basic of hand-building techniques. They were also encouraged to use pottery tools for creating texture in the surface of their pots.