Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Kindergarten: Pinch Pots

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.

The following week, students looked at Animal Vessel, a piece of pottery from ancient Mexico that is carved in the shape of a magical animal. Students were then asked a series of questions while carefully looking at the selected work:

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.