Because there are variables beyond my control (clays, papers, water, mixing errors and etc) always pre test fire what you have before a big project. No guarantee can be offered that 'alternative" commercial paperclays now on the market will meet the all the performance advantages of my high performance trademark P'Clay® brand only available from licensed manufacturers/distributors.
I have learned that simple and loving touch is a favorite because it is often most special of all! RG
with special needs learners
Kathy Mac Donald from Canada writes:
" I have been teaching children using paper clay this past year and the population that seems to most benefit are the most severely disabled kids particularly those kids with cerebral palsy and Downs syndrome.
The children can assemble pieces that would have been impossible with other types of clay.
The level of frustration is noticeably different and other teachers have remarked that they notice a remarkable difference in the level of the completed projects and increased self esteem for the kids when using paper clay....
The kids can tell the difference, they prefer feel of this clay much better than the hobby craft polymer and play dough clays that we tried before....."
slow the pace:
Plan several short work sessions, no need to rush the pace of the making process . Everything seems "instant" on TV cooking shows, and so many normal kids are used to speed, etc.
Present in steps with two or more worksessions, one for the first making the fresh shape or shapes that will be open air hardened or in a few parts (legs, wings etc) to be assembled , joined, smoothed off, and finished off after it hardens in the next session.
This way the kids have the chances to redo mistakes, correct, improvise, change mind in the second work period. Showing kids this is
No need for risk of spill or puddles water on work table for the first work session- maybe a little slurry watered down mashed up p'clay "slip" for joins only with older kids.
with the moist clay and only bring it in the second day for joins. Wait for wobbly legs to harden up to bone dry, then attach them next work period when bone hard so they dont slump.. I explain that they might to rough up the join areas for bettter sticking. Joins with a dab of water or P'Clay® mashed in a little water with a fork in an empty yogurt or cottasge cheese container.. of the dry parts next day...give everyone a second or third try practicing how to join well on the same piece.
Or have one of my books handy to refer to. Think by Hand has hundreds of project ideas for all levels
I once had a class of vision impared and blind people and I remember it to this day. I was inspired to have even my sighted classes try blindfold.
."Feel Visions" >>>>>>>> is a sample page class idea excerpt from 190 plus class session ideas in Think By Hand.-