Meanwhile over in Senior and First Class we had two very busy weeks of making and sculpting. We have been looking at making clay heads. We began by first feeling our own heads working out the shapes and forms and whether the features on our heads stick out or go in and whether they are hard and soft. So using our hands we explored our head top of the crown to bottom of the chin. This helped us figure out the shape in clay. We were just going to use the different techniques of poking, pinching, squeezing, stretching, rolling and moulding using our hands with the clay. And then using the skewer sticks for adding smaller details like eye balls, hair, nostrils, ear holes. Everyone took their time working our their heads and adding details. We had to make sure that any parts we added on would stay on and not break off when the clay dries. So we did a lot of smoothing and joining over cracks where we added the clay.
Then each person made a stand or plinth – thinking back to the ones we had looked at in the museum online. So to make the plinth we got a ball of clay and tap tapped on all sides on the board to create a flat surface – like a cube. We then used a stick to join the two parts. They look so funny! Like ancient museum artifacts from Greece! We are looking forward to painting all the clay we have made over the last few weeks.