Marbled Clay Sea Creatures: Free Lesson Plan Download

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If you’re looking for an introductory project to expose your students to basic hand building and sculpture techniques, this is the lesson for you! This project allows students the opportunity to take a 2D sketch and turn it into a 3D form. In this lesson, students will make connections to science as they research different ocean habitats to plan their projects. Your students will love adding color to these sculptures as they explore marbling with liquid starch.

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3 years ago


  • Ashley

    I plan on doing this with my 5th graders. I think they will enjoy the hand building of clay! I was wondering, do you keep the newspaper inside the animal and let it burn off from firing in the kiln?


    • Abby Schukei

      Yes, that is exactly what you should do! The newspaper allows the clay to get a nice rounded, hollow shape, and it will burn out with no problems!