Some students who came to help me clean at the end of the day were in love with my Starry Night poster. We were cleaning out the clay room when we came across the box of broken spiral pieces. They reminded us of Starry Night. "Let's make it!" I had no idea how we were going to make a painting out of clay pieces but it sounded interesting enough to try.
They used some of the broken pottery and made the pieces they were missing. We glued the "mosaic" to a piece of plywood with some heavy duty glue and filled the gaps with plaster. Finally they painted the white plaster with watercolors. They had so much fun making this as a group and we were able to let the pieces dry as we made them. I hate putting pieces in plastic and keeping them moist over the week for students. This was the perfect solution. The finished piece is framed in the hallway. Kids can't help but rub their fingers over the tactile piece when they think their teacher isn't looking. While other bulletin boards are ripping and needing to be changed it still looks as good as the day it was hung two years ago.
I have an awesome 5th grade class this year who needs a challenge. I think we should add to our tactile gallery! I will just have to find a glue to use to secure the pieces to the board that is non-toxic so the kids can do it all by themselves. Any suggestions?