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2nd – 5th Grade – Ceramic African Safari!

2nd – 5th Grade – Ceramic African Safari!

This was a huge and very satisfying undertaking… I love clay, I love installations, this was the perfect project at the right time. Β I did not photograph the making process of these animals, I made this in 2004. Before I was a blogger, before Facebook, before Pinterest. Β Had I known that image sharing would be what it is… I would have documented the whole thing! So… the basic details…

4th Grade – Wild cats – any kind they wanted to make, I had lots of pictures for them to see.

3rd Grade – Elephants, Zebras, Hippos, and Giraffes – each class made one animal

2nd Grade – Monkeys, Gorillas, Alligators and Rhinos

Every project is created on a pinch pot body. Β Then build with not body parts, but muscles. Β If you pay attention to how the muscles attach on an animal, you can build an animal in clay to stand on four feet. Β If not… they fall over.

Finishing was acrylics. Β I pre-dipped all the animals in semi-gloss latex by base color needed. Β Then students add the accent colors.

Display – Twisty paper bag trees with shredded green construction paper dumped on top. Β Burlap and blue transparent cellophane.

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