ANIMALS IN WINTER – Clay, Texture, Space

In this 2-part lesson, students construct 2 triaramas to create a model that shows the habitat of a hibernating Canadian animal above and below the ground in winter. Next they use Crayola Air-Dry clay to sculpt the animal and place it in the setting.

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ANIMALS IN WINTER – Clay, Texture, Space

Supplies:

  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay
  • Crayola Washable Project Paint - 10 Count
  • Crayola Paintbrushes - 5 Count
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Bristol Board - 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm (12" x 12") - 1 per student
  • Paper Towel Rolls - ½ per student
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Small Objects Found in Nature - Twigs, Acorns, Leaves, Pebbles
  • Pencils
  • Masking Tape
  • Shaving Foam
  • Bristol Board - 17 cm x 17 cm (7" x 7") - 1 per student
  • Rulers
 

Steps:

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Step 1

PART ONE - MAKE THE ANIMAL

  1. Use Crayola air-dry clay to make your animal.
  2. In this example we are making a bear.
    - Use the same general ideas for other animals and just change the shapes you make depending on your animal.
  3. Roll the clay into simple shapes.
    - 1 large cylinder for the body,
    - 4 small cylinders for the legs
    - 1 teardrop shape for the head

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Step 2
  1. Use a pin tool to score the clay where tou are going to join it to another piece of clay.
    - You can make a pin tool by taping a half opened paper clip to the end of a pencil.

  1. Fold the uncut sides of the Bristol board up.
  2. Place one of the cut triangles on top of the other one.
  3. Glue the triangles together.
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Step 3
  1. Apply a small amount of slip to the scored part.
    - You can make slip by mixing small pieces of clay with a small amount of water until it is like thick cream.

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Step 4
  1. Smooth the edges of the clay together as you join the 2 shapes.

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Step 5
  1. Join all the shapes to create your animal.
    - Be sure to score and add slip everytime you join pieces of clay together.
  2. Pose the animal in a sleeping position.
  3. Use a pin tool to scratch texture and other details into the clay.
  4. Set the animal aside to dry for 4 days.
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Step 6
  1. When the clay is completely dry paint your animal with Crayola Project Paint.
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Step 7

PART TWO - MAKE THE SETTING

  1. Begin with a square of Bristol board 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm (12" x 12").
  2. Fold the Bristol board in half diagonally from one corner to the other.
  3. Make a firm crease.
  4. Open the Bristol board up and fold it diagonally in the opposite direction.
  5. Make a firm crease.
  6. Make a dot in the centre of the 'X' where the two folds meet.
  7. Cut along one of the folds and stop at the dot.
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Step 8
  1. Fold the uncut sides of the Bristol board up.
  2. Place one of the cut triangles on top of the other one.
  3. Glue the 2 triangles together.

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Step 9
  1. Make another smaller triarama.
  2. Begin with a square of Bristol board 17 cm x 17 cm (7" x 7").
  3. Repeat the steps you followed for the first one.
  4. Place the square with the cut edge at the top.
  5. Place your ruler along the bottom of the square.
  6. Measure 11 cm (5") from the left corner of the square to the right corner.
  7. Mark the spot.
  8. Repeat the measurement on the opposite side.
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Step 10
  1. Draw a line from one dot to the other.
  2. Cut along the line.
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Step 11
  1. Hold the small triarama with the flat bottom facing down.
  2. Place it inside the big triarama so the top makes a shelf.
  3. Make sure the centre fold of the big triarama lines up with the centre fold of the small one.
  4. Make sure the flat bottom of the small triarama lines up with the bottom of the big one.
  5. Glue it in place.
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Step 12
  1. Use Crayola Project paint to colour the ABOVE and BELOW ground spaces.
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Step 13
  1. Use different materials to add details to the ABOVE and BELOW ground spaces, for example,
    - twigs
    - recycled brown paper bags
    - paper towel rolls
  2. Use Puffy Paint to add snow to the 'Above Ground' space.

PUFFY PAINT - Mix equal amounts of Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue and Shaving Cream together until it is thick and fluffy.

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Step 14
  1. Place your animal in its den.
  2. View your model with fresh eyes.
  3. What do you like best about it? Why?