Here are some kindergarten lessons. First they created small clay slabs. This is the first time they have gotten to work with clay, so it is very exciting! They each get a small ball of clay and smoosh it down into a "pancake". We then talk about texture and how you can feel the texture of different surfaces. So after they created their small pancake slabs, they used all different kinds of tools to create texture on their clay. After they were fired, they painted them with water colors.
While the kinders were waiting for their clay to dry and be fired, we worked on another texture project. We created turkeys in celebration of the upcoming holiday. We talked about how the texture on our clay could be felt but when you see texture and can't feel it, it's called implied texture. So they used texture plates to create the feathers! As you can see some students didn't quite get the gluing of the feathers, but to me it's okay and they are young learners :)
The fifth grade also create Aurora Borealis night scenes! These turn out so beautifully! We looked at the Aurora Borealis and talked about the science behind why the colors show up in the northern skies at night. They created their own borealis with chalk pastels and then created a landscape silhouette over top with black tempera paint.