This project incorporates design, painting and messy modelmaking. The idea is to paper maché a balloon to make a vase and paint it in the style of the wonderful Art Deco ceramicist Clarice Cliff.
I was lucky enough to come across a fabulous book in the library called – Clarice Cliff, The Bizarre Affair, by Leonard Griffin and Louise K & Susan Pear Meisel, illustrating the colourful designs by Clarice Cliff. Perfect reference for the young artists, who set about creating their own vase patterns.
Watercolours were used to paint the designs, trying to limit the children to 4 colours plus black … (not as easy as it sounds).
The children then moved on to modelmaking. A balloon with a circular cardboard base and neck taped in place made the ideal vase shape mould. Wallpaper paste and squares of newspaper were applied. The children will need to apply about 3 to 4 layers of newspaper, and this will be completed over the next couple of weeks.
I shall keep you posted on the progress …