Clay Bird Sculptures

In this sculpture studio, Little Artists learned how to sculpt birds with air-dry clay.  To do this they had to make a large pinch pot bowl by rolling clay into a ball and pinching around the center to create high edges. IMG_2960

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Next, bird features were sculpted; beaks, wings, eyes, eyebrows, hats and feet. Artists use the score and slip technique to secure all the small pieces onto the bird’s body.  Wetting our fingers also helped smooth the cracks in the clays surface and add extra security to the small pieces.  Feathery texture was added to the birds bodies and wings.

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Holes were then poked in the front of the bird’s bodies so that after the birds are painted feathers could be added behind, to make the bird’s tail feathers.  Holes were also poked into the breast of the bird so that later the birds wire legs could be pulled through.

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Painting clay always brings our subject to life! Little Artists practiced using the correct brush size and shape for all the different spaces on the bird.  We also talked about how we can twist our bodies and wrists to move our brushes into better positions to paint edges and lines straighter.

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All the finished pieces were given a glossy finish before gluing in our tail feathers.

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See You at the Next Studio!