What a fantastic term, thank you for the dedication and hard work put into achieving such amazing artworks this term.
Our students gained an understanding to the importance of having a clear vision of an idea on paper first as this helped them explore possibilities and also understand limitations of the sculptural mediums at hand, we first started sculpting animals in air drying clay and then in papier-mâché.
As a teacher I actively teach each class with step by step demonstrations of how to sculpt an object on my own sculpture prototype, I find children have a better understanding by watching then doing the process.
With active teaching I show the limitations of the medium at hand, a few examples of helpful tips I share with my students is the correct thickness of clay and how to use your fingertips rather than the children’s hot palms, this helps to slow the drying process when working with clay.
The tactile quality of sculpture is always a favourite medium for children, we always include sculpture workshops in our school holiday programs. – Julia.