Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2nd grade coil tiles

2nd graders talked about what it means when artwork is asymmetrically balanced. Even though the left side is different than the right side, they are still visually balanced. Our designs are asymmetrical. We began by rolling out clay ropes or clay snakes, paying careful attention to the thickness of the clay--no thicker or thinner than your pointer finger. Using a 6x6 inch piece of paper as a template, we rolled coils and placed them along the perimeter of the paper and rolled out a variety of coils to create our design in the square. We curled our coils into spirals, zig-zags, and "s" and placed them as closely together as possible. After firing, we used tempera paint to paint these, but then wiped off most of the paint with paper towels to create value, or lights and darks of our chosen color.