- To learn coil pottery techniques and create original, 3-Dimensional artwork
- To introduce Native American cultural crafts and traditions
Before You Start: Gather materials needed: non-hardening clay (for practice), Crayola® Model Magic® or other air-dry modeling clay, dough mats, Colorations® markers, pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes and feathers.
Let's Get Started! Step 1. Expose children to Native American pottery examples and provide a global view of how pottery is used across the world. Provide a demonstration of how to build a coil pot. Explain that they will choose their own animal to inspire their artwork, and allow time for them to plan by drawing or writing about their ideas. Children can use non-hardening clay for practice.
Step 2. Provide modeling clay to the children, and have them divide the material into four quarters. Explain that one quarter will be used to create a slab bottom. Three quarters will be used to create a coil for the pot.
Step 3. Provide modeling clay to the children, and have them divide the material into four quarters. Explain that one quarter will be used to create a slab bottom. Three quarters will be used to create a coil for the pot.
Step 4. Then, have children shape a smooth even coil (it will look like a long snake shape). The coil will be wrapped around the perimeter of the slab bottom. The coil pot is complete when they wrap the coil around on top of itself a few times.
Step 5. Provide students will additional clay to mold the head and tail of their animals and they can color with markers if they wish. Other materials, such as feathers, wiggly eyes and pipe cleaners, can also be added for decoration. (If you use Model Magic® allow it to dry before decorating with washable markers.)
Step 6. Display the final pots around the classroom.
Furthermore: If time permits, allow students to create an environment for their animal. Incorporate this art project into a lesson about Native American culture and art as well as other cultures that create coil pottery. This is a great opportunity to describe how people's experiences and culture influence the development of specific types of artwork.
Products You May Need:
- White Crayola® Model Magic® Modeling Clay - 2 lbs.
- Moist Modeling Clay - 25 lbs.
- Premium Non-Hardening Modeling Clay - 3.3 lbs.
- Fun with Dough Mats - Set of 6
- Assorted Colors Pipe Cleaners - Pack of 1000
- Black Regular Wiggly Eyes - Pack of 100
- Rainbow Feathers Classroom Pack - 8 oz.
- Natural Feathers Classroom Pack
- Dough Rolling Pins - Set of 6