Antoinette Badenhorst on tue 20 sep 05
I will be working with 5-9 year old kids in clay next month. We decided to
do Christmas (or related) ornaments from the following countries: Japan,
China, Germany and Kenya. Kenya is the easy one for me and I think Germany
will be kind of easy, but I have to find ideas for Japan and China. Does
anyone have nice traditional ideas from these countries that I can use,
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marianne kuiper milks on tue 20 sep 05
China, lanterns, either flat cookie-cut-like or round.
Like the paper hanging ones. Come in all shapes and
Dragon for the older children? I once made a flat clay
dragon with my own children: head, body, tail. Holes
in each and connected with thread/wir, then hung
through upper holes. Great success. "Moves". My son 9,
added straws to the upper strings so he could move
"Spitfire". He liked fast cars.
Japan: pasted pieces (self arranged?) that look like
origami (can even glue fancy paper on and
shellac/glaze brush) or make pieces for each to make a
paper crane. For the older ones you may even suggest
reading "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes...a
terribly sad but beautiful, true story, not for the
Sounds like such a fun project! Have a great time.
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Wood Jeanne on tue 20 sep 05
This may not be traditional ornaments.
But for Japanese designs I think small kimonos could
Show the kids some pictures, discuss them. Give them
paper patterns of the basic shape to trace & cut out.
Then give them use either slip glazes, with scrafitto
techniques for fabric brocades. Or after firing use
underglazes on the bisque for the colors and paint the
I'm going to try this with my students too.
--- Antoinette Badenhorst
> I will be working with 5-9 year old kids in clay
> next month. We decided to
> do Christmas (or related) ornaments from the
> following countries: Japan,
> China, Germany and Kenya. Kenya is the easy one for
> me and I think Germany
> will be kind of easy, but I have to find ideas for
> Japan and China. Does
> anyone have nice traditional ideas from these
> countries that I can use,
> Antoinette Badenhorst
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