Ceramic finger puppets.Divide one twenty-five pound bag of clay among forty first and second graders and what do you get? How about clay finger puppets? Working in clay is an excellent way for young children to explore ideas and develop hand-muscular coordination, but it can be hard to expose all your students to this medium if you have a limited budget. Puppetry puppetry
Art of creating and manipulating puppets in a theatrical show. Puppets are figures that are moved by human rather than mechanical aid. They may be controlled by one or several puppeteers, who are screened from the spectators. is an exciting art project, and creating ceramic puppet heads does not require a large amount of clay. My young students were thrilled with the experience of forming and shaping their clay to create finger puppet heads instead of making the usual first and second grade pinch pots.
At the beginning of this activity, each of my students received a small piece of clay and rolled it into a ball. They then hollowed out the ball with their fingers. They took care to fit two fingers into the hole, thus allowing room for shrinkage and fabric. I demonstrated how to mold and form clay to develop the eyes, eye sockets, nose, ears and mouth. We discussed how hair can be made by etching into the clay, adding on small pieces of clay or gluing on yarn hair after the piece is fired. Each student then fashioned a finger puppet head and set it aside to dry.
The following week I demonstrated how to apply underglaze un·der·glaze
Coloring or decoration applied to pottery before glazing. . (This can be done before or after the bisque bisque 1
a. A rich, creamy soup made from meat, fish, or shellfish.
b. A thick cream soup made of puréed vegetables.
2. Ice cream mixed with crushed macaroons or nuts. firing.) We used very small brushes and talked about how underglaze should be applied carefully to the facial features Facial Features
See also anatomy; beards; body, human; eyes.
the condition of having an upper jaw that protrudes beyond the plane of the face. — gnathic, adj. . One first grader suggested that we "put the puppets on our fingers while we glaze glaze, in pottery
glaze, translucent layer that coats pottery to give the surface a finish or afford a ground for decorative painting. Glazes—transparent, white, or colored—are fired on the clay. ." When the underglaze dries the children can dip the heads in clear glaze, or the teacher can spray glaze the heads after school. Make sure that the bottoms of the heads are free of glaze or they will fuse to the kiln shelves during the firing procedure.
By this time, the children's puppets were beginning to form personalities. We talked about what types of voices the puppets would have and the kinds of clothes they would wear. Then we designed the puppets' outfits. The children traced the plastic lid of a coffee container on the back side of the fabric with a thin marker, and cut out the round shape. Glue was then applied to the center of the cloth and the fabric was poked into the hollow area in the head. The children then decorated the puppets' clothing with sequins, small buttons, ribbons, bows, beads, yarn, etc.
The children can stage puppet shows as a follow-up to this activity. The lesson stimulates young minds and helps students to develop a positive attitude towards clay. The students have a great time and are very proud of the art work they create.
Natalie Cohen cohen
(Hebrew: “priest”) Jewish priest descended from Zadok (a descendant of Aaron), priest at the First Temple of Jerusalem. The biblical priesthood was hereditary and male. was a student teacher at the Thurston Elementary School elementary school: see school. in Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, city (1990 pop. 109,592), seat of Washtenaw co., S Mich., on the Huron River; inc. 1851. It is a research and educational center, with a large number of government and industrial research and development firms, many in high-technology fields such as Michigan at the time this activity occurred.