My after-school clay students outdid themselves with creativity and imagination on April 6th. I gave them two prototypes to work from: a Pointy-headed Alien and an Octo-Monster. As you’ll see, most went beyond my rather tame ideas.
Here are the prototypes I made for this class. Two pointy-headed aliens, one with a definite softer side, and two octo-monsters. Well, I suppose quadro-monsters would be more accurate. I tried to add some features that the students could adapt in their own unique ways. I provided sheets of varying kinds of eyes and some slices of clay in several designs.
Got pink!? The way I set up this particular project was to let them choose the colors they wanted. These are some of the younger artists and boy, did they gravitate to bright colors! The little gal who made the alien on the right came up to me specifically to tell me how she didn’t put a mouth on it. I love it.
I’m really proud of the gal who made the pink creature on the left. She has a heck of a time trying to meet her own artistic vision and has been very frustrated in these classes. What you can’t see is that this little creation has a beautiful blue two-part fin in back. He’s also wearing a hat and has sunglasses by its side. As far as I can tell, it was a perfect execution of an idea.
The blue starship has an equal amount of detailing underneath. It was hard to choose which side to show. The tall, leaning alien is colorful and squid-like and the octo-monster on the right is boldly different. It doesn’t hurt to remember they’re creating these objects while sharing tools and bumping elbows. There’s no quiet contemplation available in these sessions.
Aren’t these wild? The sweetly weird alien on the left reminds me of a Russian stacking doll while the blue octo-monster looks like something that could have come from a toy store. The engaging purple dragon was made with the same aluminum foil center as the pointy aliens, but the rest was entirely the artist’s personal vision. I’m very fond of the teeth on the green guy, as well as the little box with tongue. (No idea; better not to ask?) And the monster with the crown on the far right has two limbs in back that are detached and pools of green “blood” at the base. Yep. Imagination at its heady best.
Hope each of you are playing at something creative today and maybe pushing a boundary or two. We don’t want the kids to have all the fun.
Happy finger-painting! —Chris