|Here are my two examples that I made during my demonstrations.|
I argued with myself quite a bit as to whether or not to use it, but I decided to use it only because I wanted to give the students two days with the wet clay. I've been waiting to have a full kiln to fire (for the rest of the Egyptian artifacts). Both classes will be finished with these by Friday, so that means they will be dry enough to fire by Monday... I ended up rolling out 5 slabs for each class. It was enough for everyone to cut out what they needed to start. I kept all of the extra rolled out slabs stacked in between canvas so we can use it next time instead of wasting it.
I pulled out the texture rollers so that they could give their faces some interesting texture. We also poked some holes so that we can later add some pipe cleaner curls for hair. I concentrated on making sure the students knew how to score and slip really well, especially since they didn't roll out their own slabs.
The first step we took was to cut out an interesting, organic shape for the head. Then, we made a long snake coil and made a profile line of a face down the center, like Picasso usually has in his artwork. Then I asked them to start cutting out different shapes to make the eyes, nose, mouth, etc.