To continue the unit, we watched video clips of Alexander Calder performing his miniature circus and discussed his work. The kids were fascinated by the sculptures that could move and interact with one another in the artist's miniature circus. For their sculptures, we started by making little clay pinch pots that we flipped upside down to create circus stools. Then the kids chose their favorite animal from their animal tower drawings to sculpt. The artists were challenged to make their animals interact with their circus stools in some way. The sculptures were finished with semi-moist underglazes and clear glaze.
THANK YOU to Miss Christina G. who won an art contest to "draw your own sun" with 8th Continent Soy Milk and won our school a Dick Blick art supplies gift card! Christina came early to school a few times and helped me plan this lesson, and she chose the underglazes from Dick Blick's web site to order and use for these artworks!