Clay dragon

Yesterday in school the students had to make clay dragon figureheads for a viking longship. I discovered that if I drew my own design the student I support began to incorporate some of my ideas into his own design. So I asked if I could have my own clay so I could model how to do things without having to modify his sculpture at all.

I followed his design (at least initially) and this is what I ended up with.

It was fun to sit with the students and work alongside them. I hope I modelled appropriately how to react when our sculpture doesn’t look as we’d hoped (when I put the mouth in and it didn’t go how I expected), and how to respond when a child tells you your model looks like a cow 😂😂. We all ended up encouraging and helping each other, which was really cool. It was also very relaxing and therapeutic to sit smoothing and shaping the clay.