Clay modelling

“In drawing corrections are made by ‘the will working through the eye’; in modelling it is the hand that feels the surfaces, thus becoming an … organ of perception and formation.” (Rawson & Richter 2008:87)

In classes 1-3 children will model freely with clay, wax & plasticine, and the atmosphere in the classroom will often become peaceful and contemplative as the children become absorbed in their task. From class 4 lessons begin, first with simple geometric solids and their formation into animal forms such as a sleeping cat and resting deer. Lessons are designed to integrate with the topics of the main lesson and so children will find themselves modelling various natural forms from animals, plant forms and human figures, to mountain landscapes and geological formations.


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