This week’s after school art club at Pelham was an open session in which artist, Karen Logan, gave children the opportunity to join one of three activities; clay modelling, clay model painting and conducting painting experiments.
On the first tables children painted the tiles that they had made before half-term. We’d used air-drying clay which had hardened nicely in the week or so since our last session. Their fragile surfaces were strengthened and protected by the application of bright acrylic paints.
The second table was dedicated to more clay modelling. Some people continued with pieces that they’d started in the previous session and wrapped up to keep damp and pliable.
These elaborately patterned tiles were crafted into a slab pot.
Others made pinch and coil pots.
And a fabulous monument.
People moving onto the third table were invited to conduct an experiment in colour. Inspired by the bold canvases of Mark Rothko, Karen demonstrated the effects of using different combinations and consistencies of paint.
Children then conducted experiments of their own.