Allow 15 minutes for several days/weeks of art class to complete this project
What is texture?
Where do we find it in nature?
Where do we see it in life everyday?
How can it help us?
Where do we see it in art?
what is it?
where do you see it?
it usually tells a story
what would you find on the back of relief sculpture?
Step1: look through the books on Van Gogh and choose your favorite piece
Step2: get a hunk of clay
Step3: using your hand, warm it up by just moving it through your fingers
Step4: begin the process of rolling it out with your hands
Step5: flatten the clay and create a square or rectangle
Step6: with a toothpick begin to draw out your van Gogh piece in the clay
Step7: draw it all in with line
Step8: now go back and look at the texture of the piece
Step9: using different tools recreate the texture in to your clay drawing
Day 2: (or week 2)
Your RELIEF sculpture is now leather hard
Leather hard means harder then yesterday but you can still make changes
Step1: using sculpture tools from yesterday, carve out additional details
Day 3 (week 3)
At this stage the clay will be completely hardened
Paint the clay with acrylic paints
Day 4 (week 4)
Finish the piece by adding a gloss coat over the paint. Modge Podge is a great option.
If a kiln is available you would bisque fire after week two and glaze fire after the third week.
1 pound of clay per child
assorted tools to add texture
plastic forks and knives