The first Art Club of the 2013-14 school year was a huge success! Art Clubbers got to meet their friends, Middle School and High School Art Helpers that they will be with for the year.
Our first project is weaving with clay! Sounds pretty strange huh? Never thought you could weave with clay did you? Well you can! We are weaving a clay bowl. Students used a Styrofoam bowl as a mold to hold their bowl in place.
First the warp of the weaving needed to be created. Students rolled 5 clay worms that were draped across their bowl in a radial formation. Their bowl was inverted and covered in a wet paper towel so the clay did not stick to the Styrofoam bowl.
Clubbers rolled many more clay worms for their clay weft. These worms were woven through the warp in an under-over, under-over repetition starting at the bowls bottom center working towards the top lip of the bowl. Members had to press their clay weaving tight into the mold and remove any excess clay worms that were poking out.
Their bowls need to dry out for a few days and then I will Bisque Fire them to remove all moisture, making them permanently hard for glazing.
The kids, helpers and my hands were full of clay while creating so not many pictures got taken during the creation process. Here are some of the bowls at the end of Art Club. They look great!!
Welcome back fabulous Upper Dauphin Elementary School Artists!
I hope you all had a great summer and used those creative minds during your time off! Art Club has begun for the 2013-14 school year with a new set of 3rd Grade members, some new 4th Grade members and many returning 4th graders from last years gang. I am happy to say Art Club has 64 total members this year!
I am continuing to hold Art Club as three separate sessions. Three sessions meeting the following times...
Session 1 meets the 1st Wednesday of every month
Session 2 meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Session 3 meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
Check your session dates and school calendar for any days off or rescheduling due to weather.
We have great projects in store for this year and I cannot wait to get started. Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for awesome art!