Monday, July 8, 2013

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Hidden ArmyAs part of our study on China we read Hidden Army: Clay Soldiers of Ancient China by Jane O’Connor. Anna was already familiar with this amazing discovery and the life of the first Chinese emperor from The Story of the World, but she enjoyed this short chapter book that details how this site was found, excavation process and how archaeologists and artists work together to preserve these priceless works of ancient artists. Of course, a natural extension that went into our “China bucket list” was to “play with clay”.
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I was glad to finally bust out Pluffy oven-bake clay that I got at Michael’s more than a year ago and wanted to try out for quite some time. I also got Fun With Modeling Clay book from the library for inspiration and ideas. This probably was a mistake as Anna immediately wanted to do a pretty advanced project from the book without even being able to make a decent “egg” with clay, but she still had a lot of July5_Clay1fun trying to make a person (not a clay warrior, but rather a clay girl) and eventually settled for flattening her project out for baking. We both learned a thing or two about working with clay – it’s harder to work with than play dough or Model Magic, and we should have started with small scale and flat projects. The good part about flat projects that they can also be made into magnets or trinkets once baked.
Working with clay made me appreciate even more the miracle of terracotta warriors of China – both an astounding skill of their creators and the fact that they survived untouched until our times. I am hoping that Qin’s tomb will be excavated as well in our lifetime, and more ancient marvels will be added to the world’s art treasury.

14 comments:

Erica MomandKiddo said...

I love her colorful warrior!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very nice art/history connection!

Ticia said...

Last year Jeff and I got to see an exhibit of the terracotta warriors on our annual anniversary trip. It was quite amazing to see the detail in them. We also sat there debating the different notes they had next to some of the exhibits. So, that was even more fun for us.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I don't think I've ever tried working with that clay. I think Anna's girl looks pretty good!

Has Anna ever tried working with Sculpey oven-bake clay? It is my favorite for making (small) 3D objects to keep!

Joyful Learner said...

Anna might like this book:http://www.amazon.com/The-Emperors-Army-Virginia-Pilegard/dp/1589806905/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373338843&sr=8-1&keywords=the+emperor%27s+army

Phyllis said...

Clay is hard to work with. I love seeing the Terracotta Warriors. They are so detailed. Nice lesson.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the history tie in. I have never seen the Terra Cotta Warriors, but would love too.

Jackie Higgins said...

My sister and her husband have been to China 3 times to adopt their children. On their second trip, they were able to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors with their sons. She took lots of pictures-- of course, not the same as in person... but it was amazing to see. The book you mentioned was the one my 9 year old nephew also enjoyed reading after he visited them in person!

artclubblog.com said...

What wonderful inspiration for working with clay! I was lucky enough to see the Terra Cotta Warriors on a visit to China, back in the late 80's. It was just amazing!

Mummy...Mummy.....MUM!! said...

What a lovely idea, I must get some more clay!

Marie-Claude Leroux said...

I'm looking forward to learning about the warriors with my girls too - I'm going to check out the book you recommend - its so nice to hear about a kids chapter book that other kids enjoy.
Looking forward to reading about the rest of your bucket list :)

Carrie said...

A fun activity to include in the lesson and to tie with the book. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

lkgmita said...

What a great tie-in to the history! I'm sure it does help you appreciate the work and artistry that went into the terra cotta figures. I think her clay girl turned out great! Thanks for sharing at the Culture Swapper!

Frances Evans said...

Hi there! What a wonderful learning experience tied in with the chapter that your daughter was interested in. I love how her clay girl turned out. Thank you for linking up Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #6. Don't forget to grab our button. :)