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Terracotta Warriors February 2014

Saturday 8th February 2014

This particular Saturday saw the scholars looking at and responding to images of terracotta warriors. They were working with terracotta paper clay – the paper fibres that are added to the clay make it really strong so it’s very good for hand-building.

Boys watched Ian’s excellent demonstration which made things look very easy but they quickly discovered that they would need more time to complete their own warriors!

A newspaper armature was created first with a croissant shape for the shoulders and a balloon shape for the neck and head. This is stuck together, loosely with masking tape. Clay is then rolled out and slabs are draped over the armature with as little overlapping as possible. Thumbs are used to gouge out the eye sockets (and create a nose) which are then filled with eyeballs and then covered with thin coils of clay to construct eye lids and brows. Thin coils were also added to make lips.

Once the basic structure was complete boys could really go for it in terms of the armour and specific carving to the head. They also needed to ensure there was a feature on the head, which was either hair or headdress.

All the boys had a super day and the work they did was fantastic!

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