|The famous Terra Cotta Warriors of China|
|Each sculpture is unique|
At Barnes & Noble I found a wonderful kit on sale that not only contained a small book with wonderful photos of the Army but also had a small reproduced figure. I showed them to my 3rd-5th Grade art group. They were completely taken by the figure. Everyone wanted to hold it. All of them asked to keep it.
Rest assured, I told them, you will be making your own! We will use this wonderful new air-dry terra cotta colored clay, I told them! You will amaze your friends!
|Warriors under construction|
Leave them to dry, I told them, and you will take your masterpieces home next week!
When the students came back the following week this is what they found:
Terra Cotta apocalypse. Bases had fallen off. Weaponry had broken off and cracked.
Arms, noses and hair buns all fell off with the slightest touch. Sadly I sent my artists home empty handed and I refrained from repeating the project with my younger group.
So if you artists and art teachers and parents can recommend a good sturdy easy to use air-dry clay I'd appreciate a recommendation!