- Crayola Fine Line Markers - 12 Count
- Crayola Air-Dry Clay - 1.13 kg White
- Crayola Acrylic Paint - 6 Count
- Crayola Variety Brush Set - 5 Count
- Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm
- Various Clay Tools
- Water Containers
- Make a mind map. Begin with the word love, one of the 7 Grandfathers' teachings, in the centre of your mind map.
- Brainstorm words and images connected to the Grandfather teaching of love.
- Reflect on personal life experiences that are connected to and exemplify the Grandfather teaching of love.
- Close your eyes and think about the word love, how would you best express love through colour, pictures, and words?
- Choose words connected to images that best exemplify the word love for you.
- What animal represents the Grandfather teaching love? You will be sculpting the images and carving the words into your clay tile.
- Use air dry clay to make your tile.
- Take a handful of clay and flatten it by rolling the clay, pressing it with your hands, and lightly lifting it off a flat table and dropping it on the surface.
- Create a smooth, flat surface on the clay.
- Make sure your clay tile is about 1 cm (.25") thick.
- Use a flat edged clay tool or ruler to cut a rectangular tile out of the clay.
- Use a pointed clay tool or pencil to carve the words you chose that describe how you understand love.
- Make sure you do not cut through your clay tile.
- Carve the words into the surface of the clay.
- Make 2 small holes on the top corners of the clay tile to allow you to hang your tile when it is complete.
- Create a relief sculpture by cutting images that best express the Grandfather teaching love from your left over clay.
- To attach the images to the flattened tile, score the surface of the tile where the carved shape will attach, then score the back of the shape you will be attaching.
- Paint each surface with slip, which is a mixture of water and clay.
- Slip acts like a glue that will hold 2 pieces of clay together.
- Paint the back of the shape you want to attach with slip, and the area of the tile you want to attach it to.
- Press the clay pieces together.
- Use your clay tools (pencils, rulers, etc.) to add detail to your relief sculpture.
- Make sure the words and images are clear.
- Allow your clay tile to dry for several days.
- Use black acrylic paint, a fine tipped paint brush, and water to paint the words. Adding black to the words will emphasize them, contrasting them with the background of the clay tile.
- Use a paint tray or plate to mix colours.
- Remember the primary colours are red, yellow, and blue.
- Secondary colours are made by mixing 2 primary colours together, for example, yellow + blue = green, red + yellow = orange, blue + red = purple.
- Begin by mixing the colours you would like to use, then paint the sculptural forms made on the clay tile.
- Choose a colour for your background.
- Add white to the colour if you need to contrast the background colour with the colour of your sculpted forms.
- When you have completed your painting allow it to dry.
- Write about your personal meaning of the Grandfather teaching, love.
- Share your relief sculpture with the other people in your class.
First Nations, Metis, Inuit