Ceramic Birds sculptures with Year 7

29 Jun 2013

Category: Art, Art Lesson Plans

I just love Professional Development days! Especially those run by Zart Art. I went to a ‘Garden Art’ workshop a couple of months ago and what fun we had!

ceramic bird sculptures

Garden Art PD run by Zart Art.

Along with making water proof flowers (mine was a bit of a disaster), the most successful and rewarding part of the day was the ceramic birds we gave birth to!
Of course, I couldn’t wait to get back to school so I could give all the new techniques I learnt a whirl! Here are some of the birdies my Year 7s created.

ceramic bird sculptures

ceramic bird sculptures

The student who made this guy with the mohawk, modelled his bird on himself. The resemblance is uncanny.

ceramic bird sculptures

ceramic bird sculptures

Some of the best ‘working with clay’ tips from the day:

    Don’t use water
    User skewer sticks to punch air holes all the way through the birds
    Only use the bare minimum of tools – icy pole sticks and skewers were all we used

ceramic bird sculptures

ceramic bird sculptures

ceramic bird sculptures

ceramic bird sculptures

Actually, upon looking at all these birds as I post this, something has just occurred to me! They actually all resemble the student who made them in some way…. did they subconsciously make their birds with their own likeness? *gasp*

ceramic bird sculptures

These were the two birds I made. They sit quietly in my garden.