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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Picasso Split-Face Clay Sculptures












I have a VERY challenging group of 5th graders at my #2 school. I told them we could read about Pablo Picasso and answer questions about his life and work, OR, we could see a video called, Dropping in on Picasso, and do a clay project based on what we learned about cubism and Picassoism. The deal was, they had to earn the clay activity by being courteous, repectful and attentive during the film. One boy has been kicked out of that class 18 times this year.........( I love my job, I love my job..........) They earned the clay activity and we used , Stonex, air dry clay, painted with acrylics and coated with gloss gel medium.

7 comments:

Chesterbrook Academy Elementary said...

These Picasso clay sculptures came out great.

Beautiful colors and textures.

Mrs. C said...

Pat,
These came out really nice! I've done Picasso's split face in many ways with my students but never with clay! Nice! I had to give a similar ultimatum this year to one of my second grades. They could either do a worksheet on Monet or we could work on our pond paintings. You stood your ground and took control of the situation. You showed them that making the right choices is rewarding.

Katie Morris said...

Cool! I learned basically the same lesson at a conference a few years ago, only they put the slab faces in bowls for a slump mold!

Pat said...

Mrs. C,
I have 13 days left. I'm out of ultimatums. How about you? :)

Art Project Girl said...

Wonderful! Clay is the ONLY way I can get some classes to behave when they are having a weird day. Last week I saw that a group of boys were volatile and I brought out the clay. It has a magical quality. By the end of class they were all friends and the energy was so relaxed that the teacher came in and sat down and said "Can I stay?" No please go. . . please. . . I don't know how much more magic is left in me haha ha

Mrs. C said...

13 Days? we go until June 12th!( which is actually super early since we did not have a single snow day this year! I guess Mother Nature is making up for last year, we had 9! ) I am taking each day one at a time trying get projects finished! Our 3d - 5th school has a ton of trips & programs getting squeezed into this short time. My tues kids were exceptionally good today. I think they were trying to make up for torturing my poor sub last tues p.m. They knew I was not thrilled with them. Love my Tues pm kids but they can be a handful if you let them. He was very fresh out of school and they had him for afternoon snack! Poor guy! I knew he was in for it when he said " you have 5 classes this afternoon?!" and I saw a look of panic in his eyes as I described the fire drill and lock down procedures.Think he thought he was signing up for an easy afternoon of coloring by the numbers! (not in my room baby!) I just keep telling myself to breathe... (and x-ing days off on the calendar!)

Pat said...

Don't you just love that deer in the headlights look in newbies eyes? Too funny, Mrs. C! I hope he doesn't decide to change careers!

Thanks everyone, for the positive comments about the Picasso faces. Just a note about why I had to use the air dry clay at school #2. I have no kiln there and it was just easier. After they had been sealed with gloss medium, I hot glued them onto crescent board and they have held up very well.