Once again, local artist Tina Preece worked with us as we made our birds.
Intro to Clay : The Art of the Pinch Pot : Birds in Nests
Clay (we used low fire white)
1. We looked at various artists' interpretations of birds made from a variety of media and discussed things like the type of bird, materials used, decorative techniques and use of color.
|Bird sculptures by various artists|
2. Students spent a few minutes drawing birds in their sketchbooks to consider ideas for their sculptures.
4. A second ball was used for the bird. Students divided that ball into smaller shapes, reserving some for making eggs and worms. Birds were formed either by squeezing one piece into a complete bird, or by making separate head, wing, and tail shapes and adding to the main body shape, remembering to score and attach firmly, using a bit of water. Again, modeling tools were used to scratch in feather shapes and surface texture and details.
5. Lastly, eggs and worms were added to the insides of the nests. Clay was set aside to dry and will later be fired.