We began with pounding out a chunk of clay into a flattish blob. This was to be about the size of their hand and to be used as the ground under the snails..
To create the snails, the students made a fat clay coil, then flattened all but the end for the head. Then they rolled up the coil to make a cute little snail. For the head, they pinched out antennae and gave them eyes and mouths. The funnest part was watching the 1st graders use paper clips to make either super happy snail mouths or super grumpy snail mouths depending on which way the paper clip was held.
The students had to make at least two snails. Some made two, some made 12. After the snails were made, they had to give their shells texture and then scratch and attach the snails to the ground.
The students had SO MUCH FUN with this project. They were singing songs about snails, making up goofy stories about their snail families and working hard to create these awesome little clay snails.
After the clay was fired, we used neon and regular watercolor sets to make these snails nice and colorful! I really focused on filling the whole space with color "Do you see any white area? If yes, keep painting..."
They did such a great job and when they were done, I sprayed them with an acrylic finishing spray. They ended up glossy and super bright.
I spent a lot of time laughing as the students created these and as they sat on the shelf before going home.