|Love the fangs and curly tail!|
We used a technique where the children created a pinch pot with clay first and then flipped it on its side to create the mouth of their gargoyle. This created a large caricature mouth and immediately made their sculpture more expressive. The children then utilized the "scratch and attach" method of using slip (watered down clay) to attach their features to the gargoyles. Since these are made from air dry clay, I took them home to dry and my husband sprayed them with a metallic faux-stone paint to make them look as though they truly are gargoyles carved from stone.
Thus technique of using a pinch pot to make a gargoyle is different than my previous approach. I thought the pinch pot gargoyles were very expressive, and great for a younger group.
And a big "Thank you" to one of my students who brought in a few gargoyles from his personal collection for us to see firsthand. Seeing gargoyles and chimeras in 3D really helped facilitate the discussion.
Big Mouth Gargoyles
- Air dry clay (we used Crayola), about the size of a baseball
- Newspapers and a paper plate for work surface
- Little cup (for slip)
- Plastic knife
- Crayola Marker (one of the thick ones), color not important
- Paint (acrylics, or faux stone spray paint), optional
- Don't make any piece too thin--it will crack as it dries.
- Legs, arms, wings and tails should touch the pinch pot and/or rest up against each other for support. Parts that stick off the pinch pot too much will get damaged. Have the legs and arms fold up like your gargoyle is crouching and make the tail wrap around the body. Look at pictures of real gargoyles to see how the sculptors handled this challenge.
- All "parts" need to be attached with slip. To do this, scratch the area you'd like to attach the "part" to the pinch pot, add a dab of slip, and then press the part onto the pinch pot. This will form a nice bond between the pieces of clay. I'm not sure if there is a formal name for this technique, but I use "scratch and attach."
Note: One can of stone spray paint covered eight sculptures. I think the color we chose (a metallic stone) looked more silver than anything else. I would have liked a more "plain stone" look. Also, this paint is expensive. $5.00 for 8 sculptures is probably a bit much if you were doing this with a large group, but worked with my smaller group.
|Great expression--love the two teeth in front!|
|Cyclops with big claws on the toes. The wings are resting against|
the gargoyle's haunches so they are supported.
|This student was inspired by some of the animal gargoyles we looked at.|
This elephant has lovely ears. It has a trunk and tusks, too
(sorry the picture is kind of blurry).