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: Type of Clay for Teaching


MellonFriend
02-03-2016, 12:19 PM
I am going to do an art project with my young siblings (1st grade - middle school age range) I need to find some sort of air dry clay that they can make animals out of and paint them. Preferably something rather inexpensive and available through Michaels or Wal-Mart. Thanks!

Sorin
02-04-2016, 05:25 AM
Inputting to your Q and testing to see if I can post again:
I've bought 2 types of white clay at Wallymart & been happy. Both were cheap, came in resealable tubs, water based, little shrinkage. You'll have to check shelves though since not all WMs are stocked the same and you'll need to consider amount.

MellonFriend
02-04-2016, 12:05 PM
Inputting to your Q and testing to see if I can post again:
I've bought 2 types of white clay at Wallymart & been happy.

What are the brands you are referring to?

Sorin
02-05-2016, 05:42 AM
Well one is a Crayola product... The other, dunno. No matter cuz you need to do your homework, teach! You need to assess your goals, limiting factors, etc and then test a few samples to determine the best. To short any part of the process is to court disaster. I do suggest you also consider longevity of this project in case you want to do it each year, multiple classes. Big diffs in materials & how you'll handle. I recall one teacher who kept the earth clay in a doubled heavy plastic trash bag so she could dish it out & put it back in. Add a bit of water & it stays fresh a long time. She could also make her own tub of slip.

Sorin
02-05-2016, 10:25 AM
Side thought hit me while cleaning up some 'crete sculpting I'd done yesterday... Look into buying a 50 pound block of clay if you think that option fits. Much cheaper & you can divide, salvage, make slip & save for later needs. Don't know your area so there may be close-by sources. An online one that also provides some data re clay types : Utrecht. I've bought from them many times & never been sorry. Some air dry will get pretty hard & durable without firing but may not be quite as user-friendly for kids & some techniques. Good luck!

MellonFriend
02-06-2016, 12:00 PM
Well one is a Crayola product... The other, dunno. No matter cuz you need to do your homework, teach! You need to assess your goals, limiting factors, etc and then test a few samples to determine the best. To short any part of the process is to court disaster. I do suggest you also consider longevity of this project in case you want to do it each year, multiple classes. .
I think how I asked my question may have misled you. I am giving my three young siblings pseudo art class since they are homeschooled and don't have an opportunity to do art. So what I am really looking for is a clay that is along the lines of that Crayola stuff. The problem I have with the Crayola air-dry clay is the finished product has cracked and crumbled for me after a couple months. I feel like it would be rather upsetting if what they make only last for a short period of time.

Sorin
02-06-2016, 04:20 PM
Hmmmm... Yep, you screwed up. Grin & bare it, babe. We do that if we fail to communicate. As the TEACHER you have to self control & think it thru, every time. Your kids depend on you. Failing is not as easy as "I'm sooorrrryyy!" Doesn't work.
Slap on the wrist aside, press on! I'm an ol' geezer with decades of dealing with art directors of multi-million projects. I expect them to come to me with definitive concepts of what I'm to achieve, budgets. time allowances, etc. If one comes up & says, "I wanna create a bar!" but has no designs, no nothings... You get my drift. You have to determine what you want the kids to learn. You have to set time & cost limits. You have to specify exact concepts to embed in their minds. You have to specify ease of material usage & cost. On & on. Your job. WE, on the other hand, get to sit back & help out as we can. But without your programming, our computers are worthless. OK? Figure it out, kiddo, & read up on the different materials. The Ultrecht site has some good but simple explanations of THEIR materials. Read, consider, ask Qs, purchase samples, test, decide. No quick answer here but good end results if you do the homework! B'sides, you'll have fun.
Gonna suggest that a moberator moves this to the sculpting portion of the forum so others can input.

dickhutchings
02-06-2016, 08:54 PM
Just saw this request by Sorin to move this thread into Sculpting. Makes sense to me, I hope it's ok with you MellonFriend .

MellonFriend
02-06-2016, 09:50 PM
Just saw this request by Sorin to move this thread into Sculpting. Makes sense to me, I hope it's ok with you @MellonFriend (https://www.artistforum.com/member.php?u=26609) .
Yes, thanks that would be fine.