These wonderful clay owls were done by 2nd graders. I especially love how they just dove into adding texture with the tools. Thank you to That Artist Woman for the inspiration for this lesson! I did tweak it a bit though.... I like to put a bunch of tools on the table and let the kids figure out how they can be used to create the texture versus telling what to do with each one. I find it makes them explore the materials and make new discoveries.
Here are the steps:
(First I demonstrated the process to the whole class)
- I gave them a small piece of clay and they rolled it into a ball.
- Then they squished it down with their palms (just enough to flatten it a bit).
- Then they took the rolling pin to make the oval like shape.
- They folded over the edges to give the shape of the wings.
- For the head you just fold the top down.
- For the ears they pulled out the clay.
- For the eyes they used marker tops.
- Texture was added with various tools.
- Some of them decided to add a beak with a small bit of clay.