Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Colors and Textures of the Summer Garden

The garden provides constant inspiration for the children's work.  These students created a vase and platter to capture some of the colors and textures of the herbs and flowers that grew during the summer months.  They used basic techniques for working with clay: flattened, rolled, coiled, smoothed, along with adding details with carving tools. The teacher encouraged them to explore and manipulate the clay.  One of the great qualities of clay is that there’s never a wrong way. The imperfections added uniqueness to the finished product.  After the items dried, they used a variety of painting techniques to capture the rich greens of the rosemary, the deep reds, and fascias of the begonias as well as the soft pinks of the impatiens.

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