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Textured Clay Hearts Collaborative Murals

Each month, the TCS Art Program highlights the collaborative work of our students. This month, our featured exhibit comes from our first grade students.

To begin their Textured Clay Hearts project, the students were introduced to the work of American Pop Artist Jim Dine.  After a discussion about the colors and textures used in Dine’s work, each student was introduced to the process of working with clay using Model Magic Modeling Clay. Then they practiced a variety of clay working methods including kneading, rolling and pinching.

Once the class had practiced these various techniques, each student was ready to create a unique and original heart. Completed hearts were then pressed onto texture plates to create a variety of interesting textures.

When the clay hearts were dry, the students applied a glaze of metallic watercolors to enhance the heart’s textured appearance. Colors were selected according to each student’s individual taste.

Completed hearts were initialed by each artist and mounted together on one canvas to show the collaborative skills of the entire class. These creations are on display in The Christ School lobby. We hope you enjoy looking at these beautiful hearts as much as the first grade students enjoyed creating them!

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