Sunday, February 17, 2013

Making Clay Slab Suns

Clay Slabs

These are some clay sun we've made. We start by rolling out slabs and etching in a circular shape using a stencil. The kids than etch in the sun's rays in what ever style they want. After they are done designing the style of their sun, we then use clay tools to 'cut' the suns out of the slab.

Designing Features

They then roll out another thinner slab to design the features. The features can be anything- eyes, noses, mouths, tongues, or sunglasses. Whatever it is to make their sun unique. I also ask them to put some sort of texture onto the sun rays by using the clay tools. 

The features are then attached to the clay sun slab. The last step is to poke a hole through the top of the sun so we can put a wire through to hang them after they are done.


We don't have a kiln, so I use Sculpty for this project.  The Life Skills class graciously helps us by cooking the suns in their oven.

Our last step is to paint the suns with acrylic paint.

Have you ever had your art class make suns? I'd love to hear how you make them?

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