MS Art – Clay Sculptures Inspired by Song Dynasty – May 2015

In conjunction with a Social Studies unit about China, middle school art students learned about the Qingming scroll of the Song Dynasty. In art class, they discussed the principles of calligraphy and painting in Chinese art, and how a scroll such as this one would have been used and looked at. (Although museums often display a scroll completely open, a person would have examined the scroll a small section at a time.)

Students then looked at sculptures of the Song Dynasty and made their own clay sculptures, inspired by those they saw in class. Most students created animals or mythological creatures. After sculpting their air dry clay and allowing it to dry, each student painted their sculpture with tempera paint.


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