Clay and Tempera Animals

During a three week unit, second through fifth grade students created animal sculptures using air dry clay. After the clay dried, students painted their animals with tempera paint. Students experimented with various sized brushes and mark-making techniques with tempera paint. Lastly, students painted plates as a habitat for their animals. Some students chose to also write a placard for their finished piece, either as a story about their scene or as a form of environmental advocacy.