Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

The studio on day 2: clay slab rolling station on left, clay building at the center tables, and research station on right for sketching.

The studio on day 2: clay slab rolling station on left, clay building at the center tables, and research station on right for sketching.

Clay Tile Sculptures

Art Start March 2014

For this clay project, we learned about low, medium and high relief sculptures.  We made medium-relief clay tiles (two dimensional, yet sticking out somewhat).  To build them, first we made a sketch of our ideas. This project had free choice subject matter.

Zach and Rachel at the slab rolling station.

Zach and Rachel at the slab rolling station.



Then we rolled two clay slabs per artist. We cut out tiles by tracing a rectangle template onto the clay slabs, then cutting the tile out (left).  Next we lay our sketches on top of a tile and retraced the lines with pencil, transferring the drawing to the clay tile. The shapes of the sketch were cut out using needle tools, then added to the other tile using scratch and slip. This makes a medium-relief version of the original sketched idea.

Abby K's imaginary creature tile

Abby K's imaginary creature tile

 

 

 

The air dry clay was allowed to dry for a week (see Abby's, at right), then the tiles were painted with tempera and given a Mod Podge clear coat. See the final results below!