Posts Tagged ‘KS2 art’

One of the most looked at posts on this blog has to be my How to make Egyptian Canopic Jars. You will find step by step photos to help you get good results with your clay modelling and with a little prep, you can deliver this activity to your class and not have a meltdown (hopefully!).

Here is a photo from a primary school teacher who successfully delivered this project to her Year 5’s.


Thank you Mrs Batchelor, I’m glad you and your class enjoyed making Canopic Jars.

*Big thumbs up from me!*


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Painted Canopic Jar showing the Head of the God Duamutef

Painted Canopic Jar showing the Head of the God Duamutef

This particular project was a school class activity with years 5 & 6. It was so good, I had to add it on the Art Cabin site. The children had to make Canopic Jars from clay. I decided that it would be a good idea if we used a polystyrene cup as an armature to help the children retain a good ‘jar’ shape.

I think the photos are self explainatory if you want to try this activity (to a degree), so I won’t list a ’how to‘. Things to mention though: We used air drying clay, the slip (clay glue) is made by mixing water & clay together to form a sticky mush. Always crosshatch areas & add slip to bits of clay you want to join together. Clay will shrink when drying and cracks may form around the jar so just fill these with slip and let it dry. We punctured holes in the polystyrene cup with a toothpick before we started. The jars were painted using poster paints. Metallic gold mixed into a light brown, makes a good base colour.

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During last term I worked with year groups 3 & 4 on the theme of habitats. The children researched their chosen animal and its surroundings and put their data into a small handmade book which they could personalise. Some children worked in groups of two/three.

To make the 3D collage of their chosen animal the children used an old box for the habitat and decorated it accordingly. To sculpt the animals, newspaper was shaped and taped in place then covered with paper maché. Once dried the animals were painted and placed in position in their respective boxes.

This project really engaged the children, there was much excitement & fun during the making, then at the end pride and sense of achievement.

Unfortunately we did run out of time for this project and some children didn’t completely finish the decorating of their boxes, which was a shame.

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