Gone Fishin’

Georgetown second grade artists have completed one of my favorite new projects..ever!

They created these sweet little clay fishies and carefully glazed them with beautiful patterns.  Each child made three fish, adding interesting texture by pressing pasta into the wet clay.

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search Norman Rockwell “The Fishing Trip”

After learning a little bit about the famous American artist Norman Rockwell, who illustrated several magazine covers with fish related images, students created a “fish paper” background, strung their fish using a tricky slip knot, and placed them on the background for display.  Fun fact – we used sepia paint to make the fish paper look “antique”.  Sepia paint used to be made with a brownish pigment gathered from the ink sacs of…wait for it…cuttlefish!

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Five More for the Art Show!

Five more for the HPS Art Show!  These awesome clay knee bowls were created by our 5th grade artists.  Congratulations, artists!  See you at the art show in April – find more Art Show information HERE!

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I’ve seen directions for knee bowls on several art blogs; not sure who to credit for this fun project idea – I first saw it here on Adventures of an Art Teacher.

More Clay Projects

Georgetown artists are finishing up their clay projects that they began before the holiday break.  They have been anxiously waiting for their pieces to be fired in the kiln one more time after applying their glazes.  Here are some of the pieces that we are finishing up!

IMG_1700 IMG_1701 IMG_1703 Fifth Grade MirrorsIMG_1712 Second Grade Froggies – ready to fire

IMG_1488Third grade turtles – shells are glazed, legs and head are finished with watercolor.  Aren’t their shells beautiful!

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Six Days of Clay….(Or, Oh My Achin’ Back!)

Today we wrapped up six straight days of clay projects in the art room – that’s over 500 projects and about 700 pounds of clay, whew!  And the work isn’t over yet…next it is on to bisque firing, glazing, and firing again.  (Sorry Georgetown…the electric bill for November and December might be a smidge higher than usual!)

Here’s an early peek at the clay projects Georgetown’s artists created this month.  Each grade learned a new clay building skill, including pinch pots, creating texture, rolling coils, and throwing a slab (always a favorite with 5th grade!)

Stay tuned for pictures of the finished pieces.

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Precious Portraits With Pendants

Have I mentioned before that I adore my first grade artists?  Check out their stunning self portraits and beautiful clay pendants!

The project began with the creation of our clay pendants – my first grader’s  very first clay project!  After some time rolling and smooshing the clay, we smashed it into a nice clay cookie and added texture with bottle caps and sticks.  After oohing and aahing at their finished glazed pendants, they spent lots of time lining up their beads in different patterns before stringing them.


Next came the portraits – we viewed self-portraits by famous artists, and there was lots of giggling as we looked in our mirrors and drew our faces.  First graders smiled into their mirrors and noticed how lines showed up around their mouths, noticed that their eyebrows were made up of little hairs, and that their ears were in line with their eyes.

Their finished portraits are so cute – and many of them captured a good likeness of themselves!



This project was inspired by a Summer 2010 article from Arts And Activities Magazine – “Jewelry Portraits” by Aimee Fresia.




Disaster…no more.

Six hundred twenty clay projects ready to fire in the kiln….and yikes, Mr. Kiln repeatedly goes into alarm and shows a bad boy error code.  Who swoops in to save the day?  Why, Mr. Rob, our awesome and talented custodian!  Big thanks to Mr. Rob for getting his custodian buds to check those mysterious amps and volts – and even bigger thanks to Mr. Rob for finding and repairing the loose ground wire.

We are good to go once again….and owls, coil pots, wall pockets, fish, and pendants will be featured soon!