|MOM & ME by Grade 3 Student|
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I made these clay plates with my son's grade 3/4 class. First we rolled out our clay into a flat slab. Then using a styrofoam plate turned upsidedown as a template, we traced a circle using wooden kabab skewers. After cutting out the circle shape they carfully molded their circle into their own styrofoam plate. I gave them a quick lesson on how to score and slip other pieces onto their plate.
I had a handful of small cookie cutters (heart, star, butterfly, tulip, bell, flower) but I encouraged them to be creative with the those basic shapes. Hence, the bell also became a female head, half of a heart became a bird, the tulip and bell combined to make a cat, etc. Some created their own shapes by hand.
They were also provided with a set of mini alphabet stamps as well as other worded stamps to create impressions into the clay.
A week later we painted the entire plate white for the first coat. Then we used acrylic paints of various colours. When dry, we added a coat of liquid varnish to seal the paint. The photos are in the pre-varnished state.