Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artists, Dolvin Elementary School, Johns Creek, Georgia
I absolutely love this clay project! Come see mine.
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Lovely art works representing the prehistoric unit in a very creative way.
I'm doing cave painting with 3's this week. Do you have any tips? I was just going to make a cave in the classroom with a tarp over a table, trick out a flashlight to look like a torch and let them crawl in there to paint. I have some torn up cardboard for a ground and thought I'd give them charcoal to draw with and mix up some orange/red paint for a handprint.
One year, I found a room that wasn't being used and I taped up all the cave paintings and mixed in a few caveman symbols that I printed from a clip art site. I made a scavenger hunt sheet with all the clip art on it, for them to circle when they found each one. We turned off all the lights in the room and blacked out the windows, then when the students entered, they picked up a clipboard with the checklist, a pencil, and a flashlight (the music teacher had a whole box of flashlights from a music production). It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work and I will only do that again every few years.
Hi Hope! Just found this project idea via a pin. I was wondering how you got the main dinosaur shapes on these clay projects. Was it a cookie cutter or did the kids draw them? They look really cool and I want to try something like this.
Hey Marcia - yes, cookie cutters for the large shape. Found a set of Dino cutters years ago. Then we used plastic Dino toys and plastic Dino bones that I've collected for the other impressions. Always a fun and successful project!
Hope, how did you have your students finish these clay fossils? I love how the color turned out with the black patina underneath.
After the firing, we brushed them with liquid tempera then scrubbed the paint away under running water in the sink. Just a couple of kids at a time were doing this while the others were drawing, but everyone had time to do theirs in a 45 min. session. Use sturdy bristle brushes for the scrubbing.
Hope, how did you have your students paint/stain these fossils? I love the look of them with the black patina underneath.
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