symbols are a form of
symbols in the artwork
of Jim Dine.
skills when making clay
visuals of heart-themed •
artwork by Jim Dine
reusable modeling dough •
compound for practice
white plastic garbage •
bags cut into 12 x 12"
( 30 x 30 cm) squares
black permanent marker •
earthenware clay •
drinking straws •
Demonstrate how to roll a
off of the backs of their hearts like
If the clay heart is entirely too
coil by first rolling the dough in
they would peel a roll-up fruit snack.
big, you can use a large, heart-shaped
the palms of your
hands and then
Practicing with dough or
Remind students cookie cutter to reduce the size. Place
to use a wooden
the hearts on a drying rack, and cover
rolling the dough
modeling clay during the
pick or pencil to
them loosely with plastic to allow
on the table sur-
previous class enables
engrave their ini- them to dry slowly. Bisque fire, glaze,
face. Give each stu-
tials on the back re-fire, and thread the raffia through
dent a 12" square
students to have a full
of their hearts.
the hole in the top to serve as a
cut from a white Use a straw to understanding of the process
plastic garbage bag
for creating their hearts.
poke a hole in the
on which you have
top of the heart in Heather White is an elementary art
previously drawn a heart. Explain to
which a piece of raffia can be inserted teacher at E.P. Razor Elementary School in
Denton, Texas. firstname.lastname@example.org
students that this will serve as a guide to hang it.
for creating their hearts, and that the
clay will be placed within the outline The Real Deal
Students explore and understand pro-
of the heart.
Pass out the clay tools, the plastic with spective content for works of art.
Show students how to place the
the outline of the heart, and some
sphere and coils so their clay heart
earthenware clay. Practicing with
can be either an open or closed design. dough or modeling clay during the
The coils and spheres of clay must be previous class enables students to have
smeared, smoothed, or rubbed on the
a full understanding of the process for
top side of the heart to ensure that
creating their hearts. The outline on
they will stay together.
the plastic serves only as a guide that
I tell students to peel the plastic
many students will go beyond.