Drawing Delight: Unveiling the Power of Expression in Art Class


In Elementary, the students have been doing a lot of drawing. Students began by drawing dots then continued with lines until they created their shapes. Drafting and sketching was an important beginning before they completed 2D/3D projects. Drawing allows students the opportunity to express their feelings, emotions and creativity.

They explore and experiment with different kinds of tools to make their illustrations beautiful.  Materials they use include items such as pencils, crayons, chalk, pastels, and painting. They also develop their fine motor skills through drawing. Drawing is a wonderful way for students to practice their fine muscle strength and coordination, as they explore their imagination through art.

Clay Creations: Where We Are in Place and Time

As part of their Where We Are in Place and Time unit, first grade students created a personal artifact from clay. They used pinch pot and coil techniques to explore clay works. Pinch pots are some of the oldest archaeological artifacts found.  Pinch and coil construction methods were used as traditional methods working with clay. One’s hands are the best tools for working with clay. The students learned that clay is only considered “clay” before it is fired. After it has been fired, “clay” then becomes “ceramics”.

In the current unit “How the world works”, Grade 2 students created an original clay house and demonstrated their craftsmanship by using the slab technique as they stuck up small square/rectangle as bricks of clay to build their houses. The students carefully used slip and scored their pieces to join them together. Students added details and decorated the pieces by adding windows, doors or the roof.

The Kindergarten “How the World Works” unit allowed students the opportunity to explore their artistic skills by designing their own fashions/cloth. They chose one of the seasons that they like and then used it as the inspiration for their design.

Explore more about fostering creativity in young artists at Artful Parent and discover educational resources on The Clay Studio.

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