Clay – TeachKidsArt a resource for teaching art to kids! Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:14:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ceramic Sugar Skull Plate for Dia de los Muertos Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:43:30 +0000

November 1st and 2nd is a Mexican holiday known as “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”….. an no, it isn’t “Mexican Halloween”! It’s not meant to be scary, spooky, or morbid, but rather a colorful tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed. I’m blessed to live in an area of the […] ]]> 1
Easy Sugar Skull Ceramic Planter/Pot Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:33:02 +0000

As if we needed one more reason to love Trader Joe’s…. THIS sugar skull succulent planter! My students were asking for a project for Day of the Dead, so when I saw these awesome sugar skull succulent planters I knew I had to come up with a good way to make them! So here it […] ]]> 1
How to Make the Perfect Slip for All Your Clay Projects Thu, 09 Feb 2017 03:48:31 +0000

When joining two pieces of clay, you’ll have the best chance of them staying joined if you score (rough up the surfaces to be joined) and then slip (paint both scored surfaces with a mixture of clay and water). Clay can sometimes have a mind of its own so this step is a small price to […] ]]>
Unwind with a Ceramic “Feeling Sculpture” Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:35:52 +0000

This may be the most relaxing clay project you’ll ever do. My students loved it so much, they asked to do it again!  Credit for this awesome project goes to my daughter’s high school Ceramics teacher, Mr. Emery. He challenged his students to form the clay with their eyes closed (!), but I made that optional for […] ]]>
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Ceramic ‘Pot of Gold’ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 04:15:19 +0000

Leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold all tell us that St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner! We made our pots of gold out of clay so they would last from year to year. While these look like little pots full of gold coins, there’s a bit o’ trickery here…. the coins are actually attached to a removable […] ]]>
Say, “I Love You” with Clay Sun, 14 Feb 2016 21:05:32 +0000

There’s something about ceramic projects that makes them such special keepsakes. Maybe it’s the permanence of the glazed and fired clay, able to last well beyond a generation. Maybe it’s the tactile nature of the medium itself and the way it reveals each impression left by the artist’s hands. Or, maybe it’s that there tend to […] ]]>
Colorful Clay Leaves Sun, 15 Nov 2015 04:24:42 +0000

There seems to be a universal appeal when it comes to projects with leaves! Young or old, male or female…. who doesn’t like leaves?? This project is quick and easy, hard to mess up, and offers a “wow factor” as the vein impressions make these ceramic leaves look incredibly realistic! So, go out and gather some leaves while you […] ]]> 1
The Cure for Dry Hands! Sun, 08 Nov 2015 05:46:56 +0000

We art teachers probably wash our hands as often as doctors! When you combine this frequent hand-washing with cold winter weather, and whatever medium we’ve currently got our hands in, it takes a nasty toll on our skin. After so many years of trying different lotions and still having rough, dry hands, I had all but resigned myself […] ]]> 2
Ceramic Sugar Skull Plates for Dia de los Muertos Mon, 02 Nov 2015 05:50:47 +0000

(See my “new and improved” version of this project here.) Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead, November 1-2) is one of my favorite holidays…. I love the colorful imagery and the focus on honoring loved ones who have died. So when one of my students requested that we do a ‘Sugar Skull’ project in ceramics […] ]]> 1
Clay Pumpkins Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:00:10 +0000

This Clay Pumpkin lesson just might be the perfect seasonal project for fall! It teaches several important techniques for working in clay and also makes a charming take-home gift that will be enjoyed for years to come! Students in grades 3 and up can be successful when you follow these simple steps…. Materials: 3 balls of clay, two […] ]]> 1