An Introduction to Sculpting With Clay
In Sunflower base children are fortunate enough to have continuous provision to support expressive art and design. This includes a woodwork area, colour mixing with powder paint and a workshop space to make and create.
Over the past two weeks children have been introduced to sculpting with clay: first they learned to knock it down (this is the process before you use it to get any air bubbles out of it). Then they cut it into smaller pieces and explored it using hands: rolling, pinching, kneading, prodding. Adding water changes the texture again and allows children to create a 'slip' which then can be used to join two pieces of clay.
Some children explored the clay freely using their hands.
Some children were supported to create sculptures: a "friendly snake", an "enchanted forest", some pencils, a Danish Flag, a light and a castle have been created so far. With children sustaining interest in them and returning to enhance their sculptures.
There is plenty more time to explore and work on mini-projects over the next week and a half.
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