"Anonymous wave" by TFirst I made some wire frames out of 1mm wire, best to use something that won't rust and it must be strong enough to hold the clay, so if you want a chunky sculpture use thicker wire!
I shaped the frame before we started, but the wire can be bent by the kids into the shape they want. I actually wanted to do a boy holding a kite, perhaps next time.
I wrapped the wire with Aluminium foil and then stapled each one onto some wood as a base. This makes it much, much easier for the kids to work with and will stay standing when we are finished.
As an introduction we made a quick sketch of our figure on paper, then using Das white clay (air dry) we started sculpting clay onto the head and working our way down finished with the feet.
After some smoothing out and the adding of some facial features and a 'marshmallow on a stick', we left them to dry.
" Artist Monkey toasting a marshmallow" by J
"Artist Piggy kicking ball" by HThese are not perfectly smooth, we didn't spend alot of time perfecting the figures because the boys are only 7 and 4, however they managed to create something wonderful with their own hands, very different to play dough and worth doing again.
When these dry we will paint them too.
After the sculpting we looked at some utube videos about Michelangelo's David and Roman and Greek statues inside the Louvre.