Introduction: 15 mins
– Hannah Fitz is an Irish artist who lives in Frankfurt. This is a link to an online presentation of Hannah’s Work
– Ask children to look carefully at how Hannah makes her sculptures. They will make sculptures of the object they came up with in the last class. Ask them to list things they notice about Hannah’s sculptures – her forms are simple and recognisable. Remind them that they will be making a
sculpture and so it is not necessary that it works, they are just sculpting the shape, they can explain how this object works afterwards.
Development: 40 mins
- Children should work in the same pair, give them one lump of clay between two, one piece of cardboard, one knife, etc.
– Allow the children to play freely with the clay, reminding them to work together.
– Encourage them to experiment in order to construct their object, they will learn how the clay is manipulated, if something is not working, encourage them to figure out an alternative way to show this.
– Remind them of Hannah’s approach to making sculptures, her sculptures are simple, one colour.
Conclusion: 20 mins
– Put sculptures somewhere safe to dry.
– Ask students to take 5 minutes to sketch their finished sculpture in their notebooks. As this object will be an unusual shape, encourage them to look carefully and to draw what they see.
– Ask them to write about how it was to work with someone else, was it annoying? Did it turn out the way they had hoped?
– As a class the children could decide to paint their objects one colour (or a set of colours). This will help them to look more consistent and uniform, but it will also help people to pay attention to the story of the objects, what they are for and how they encourage friendships.
– When they are dry, they can be painted at a later date (20 mins.)