|Painterly Frog: This here is a froggy artist that really gets into her work. Notice the sweet details like the paint brush, palette, blue beret and, of course, the paint splatters.|
|Redneck Frog: Oh my, can you believe those teeth?! I am so in love with this backwards-baseball-cap-wearing, orange-eyebrows-on-the-outside-of-the-baseball-cap wigglin', mysterious-black-bug-eating Hillbilly Frog!|
|Fashionista Frog: That was actually the name given to the frog by the artist. Apparently, Fashionista's hobbies include"being pretty, being sassy, hopping and teasing the poor fish." Hmmm, sounds a lot like the artist herself!|
- a grapefruit-sized piece of clay
- Mayco's Stroke and Coat Glaze
- skewer sticks
- toothbrushes and cups of water
|Artistically-Inclined Frog: I was really concerned about the stability of this frogs easel that is precariously straddling the lily pad but it made it out of the kiln unscathed. Notice the little beret, the palette and the paintbrush.|
- Twisted our grapefruit sized piece of clay into two equal pieces.
- With one piece, we pounded the clay flat into Oreo-cookie thickness and traced a template that was in the shape of a lily pad. We wrote our names on the bottom of this clay, wrapped it in a wet paper towel and placed it in a zip lock bag with our names written on it.
- With the other half of the grapefruit, we created a pinch pot for the frog's mouth and body.
- With the leftover clay from cutting out the lily pad, we rolled coils for the legs and attached them to the pinch pot with the toothbrush and water.
- The pinch pot with legs was then wrapped in a wet paper towel and placed inside the ziplock bag on top of the lily pad until next time.
|As the kids were working, they were constantly coming up with names and quirky stories about their frog. So, once the frogs were out of the kiln, I had them do a little froggy biography.|
- I demonstrated to the kids how to add eyes and a tongue.
- I explained to the kids that all things can be created out of clay with the use of a sphere, a coil or a slab.
- We brainstormed different ideas for frogs and froggy accessories and discussed how they could be created.
- Students completed their frogs (just barely in a half an hour!) and attached them to their lily pads.
|Standardized Test Taking Frog: Yep, it's the time of year. Notice the #2 pencil. What you can't see is that this frog is also wearing a fabulous red and blue backpack.|
|Rock Star Frog: Gotta love a frog that dyes his mohawk to match is guitar.|
|Special Agent Frog: Ma'am, I believe I found the dragonfly you were looking for...|
Me: Hmmm...it says on your sheet that your frog loves to eat "pizza, sushi and ... frog legs?"
Kid #1: Yep!
Me: You do realize that you made a frog. And he likes to eat other frog's legs?
Kid #1: Yep, he's got cannibalistic tendencies.
Ya gotta love 'em!