Monday, April 28, 2014

2nd Grade Clay Dinosaurs

 It's that time of year again- CLAY TIME! I like to have a variety of 2D & 3D projects in the art show so I like to wait until spring to do many clay projects. This is the third year for 2nd grade to make clay dinosaurs. I think they've come out wonderful again.

This lesson is a nice step up for the clay skills of young students. In first grade, they make a pinch-pot based sculpture, so in second grade, I focus on attaching clay together by scoring and smoothing. This lesson could be easily adapted for nearly any subject matter and still teach the same skills. 

A cool part of the display for these dinosaurs is the background. Last year, I cut some blank green mountains to fit the display space and laminated them. Kids who finish early can add background elements they make out of scrap construction paper. It adds a little environment to the display that really helps make the dinosaurs pop!

Click here to download my lesson plan!


Kelsey Lapin said...

These look like model magic? What kind of clay do you use?

Zach Stoller said...

I use a low fire earthenware clay for all of my ceramic projects. I get it from a local company called Columbus Clay. They make all of their own clay and are pretty super in general.