As part of their learning about how we use our senses, the SK students visited The Living Arts Centre Mississauga on February 9th to participate in a clay workshop. The students were each challenged to make a clay shaker that would make noise and allow them to experience their sense of hearing. The students learned how to use the sense of touch to carefully work with the clay. They formed their clay into balls and then used pinching to create two small pots. Next, they created 5 or 6 small clay balls and wrapped each one in paper to go inside the pots. The children applied the sense of sight to carefully ensure that the edges of each pot were scratched and scored. Again, a gentle sense of touch was important for applying water to the rims of each pot to put them together. Everyone enjoyed decorating their shaker in a unique way and they now eagerly await the finished products once they have been fired in a kiln.
Some comments on the learning experience:
"Rolling out the clay was great." - Alessandro "I loved doing the decorating." - Annie "I liked wrapping the clay balls in paper." - Luke