We explained how to hold the clay as if you were holding an ice-cream cone, then proceed to smash the remaining clay(icecream at the top of the cone) using your free hand in order to create the mushroom cap. This step was vital to the finished product and there was no shortage of creativity as several of the students even began using the tabletop instead.
Although, It wasn’t all fun and games and we knew the day wouldn’t be complete without a quiz, so some time was set aside for mushroom trivia. Along with the clay artwork, this good humored competition proved to be a highlight of the day. However, the fact that several of the youngsters knew that it takes approximately two days for a baby bella to mature into a fullgrown portabella will forever remain a mystery to me.
In the picture below, John is explaining how to make the cap of the mushroom. The students focus and meticulous attention to detail reminds you just how important activities like these really are. What culminated from this action packed event was some old memories of art class, an enormous collection of nearly 300 clay mushrooms and a lot of smiling faces.
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