Clay Cupcake Lesson
Claes Oldenburg, Pop Art, Sculpture
Pop Art is big and colorful.
On the top of their pancake, students can design the top of the cupcake. Demonstrate several methods to design the top. Students choose what they want to do. Demonstrate a large coil, a pinch pot you can carve away at, and how to pinch up the top to design it how you choose. Some kids add cherries, candles or even little figurines. Tell them they can add anything, as long as they slip and score properly. Most do a great job at this, however, keep an eye out for very detailed cupcakes – check attached objects before they get too dry.
You can display the items or send them home and display pictures of the cupcakes.
As an alternate project, how fun would it be to see ceramic doughnuts, pizza, cake slices or even sushi! Younger grades benefit from very directed work where they all make the same thing. Older grades can learn about the artist and be freed to make whatever food they like. Have them sketch out their ideas before they begin sculpting.
Grade Level: 4th Grade
Art Skills: Slip and Score, Coil, Pinch, Molding, Glazing
It would be helpful to have multiple volunteers for this one – mostly to help the kids slip and score so any pieces the kids would like to attach stay on.
Two 1/4 pound balls of clay for each student
cups of slip
forks for scoring
silicone cupcake molds
brushes for glazing