4.22.2011

second grade bird sculptures



The second grade artists have finished up their bird watercolors and are now working on creating bird sculptures! Each bird actually started out using the pinch pot method in clay. The features of the birds were carefully pulled out and texture was added using various tools. The artists chose a piece of wood as the sculpture base and had to decide how their bird would balance. The clay birds were kiln fired, glazed, fired again, and then carefully perched. It was fun to see what kind of wood the children were drawn to- some organic and rough others smooth and geometric.



Last year I made a fun trip to the workshop of NCS family Willard Woodrights to collect pieces of scrap wood for the art room. They have a passionate interest in using reclaimed, locally harvested urban hardwood whenever possible and we are very fortunate to have these gorgeous pieces to use for our art projects. I love their philosophy and you can read more about what they do here.











7 comments:

Marcia said...

Love your blog! I just gave you a versatile blogger award: http://vividlayers.blogspot.com/2011/04/versatile-blogger-award.html

My blog friends are mostly elementary art teachers, so perhaps they will be inspired by your work!

Mary said...

Oh, how I LOVE these! Just gorgeous!

ArtMuse said...

These are really elegant. I love the blue color on the wood like that! Great blog too!

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

I love the idea of the birds perched on the hardwood.
The different sizes of the wood made the project really appealing.

Mary said...

These are so beautiful, I decided to do some a revised version using air dry clay and driftwood. Thanks for the inspiration!

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

The beauty of simplicity

Yana said...

I love the way you have incorporated the wood with the beautiful glazes on the students' pieces. I'm sharing this with my readers at ooglyfun.blogspot.com where we love great clay projects and ideas. This will be a hit! Thanks for sharing.