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The clay fairy tale

it is possible to Travel differently. To get into the plane or the train, to go with a backpack to the wood or to mountains... The simplest - is more convenient to be arranged at the TV screen. Children, however, always want to postranstvovat also on the unknown magic worlds, to see fantastic birds and animals, to get acquainted with surprising beings what you will not see in the real world. Therefore - that many millennia all people of the Earth compose, tell and listen to fairy tales.

Today any child can “come to be in the fairy tale“ in the most different ways - from habitual books with pictures to difficult computer “virtual realities“. However our way - special. Because we create the fairy tale the hands. For this purpose in our fine art studio there are pencils and a pastel, a water color and gouache. And still - clay! At hand young “sculptors“ from this warm, slippery, gray weight there are sometimes positive miracles. Though a little grandiloquent word “sculpture“ not really is suitable for our small multi-colored figures. Sounds better - “small plasticity“, somehow more softly and more gently. We had to mold from clay both ware, and birds, and animals, and any historical heroes, and even portraits. But now our genre - fantastic.

Clay is surprising by

- not without reason professional sculptors call it light material! She is plastic, obediently obeys even the smallest fingers, and, besides, is ecologically harmless. Once the molding from clay was popular in all kindergartens - it was got on pits and in trucks carried on child care facilities. Today material in industrial packings - briquettes of ready clay or dry powder is more available. The last is more convenient as it can be stored for months and years, and to part it and it is possible to turn into clay weight in different proportions and in the necessary consistence.

When we for the first time take in hand clay with three-year-old kids, some are confused a gray dirty lump. It is necessary carefully, carefully a finger of the child to iron a soft ball, sentencing:“ It is warm, kind, good, obedient! If with it to make friends, from it everything that you will want will turn out“. To timid girls is more senior, years of seven - eight (boys at such age to be soiled, as a rule, are not afraid) sometimes should tell a story that some women use blue clay as a cosmetic mask - that skin was more beautiful.

of Ryasnaya Alina, 7 years “Pegasus is a unicorn“
the molding requires a little. Except well mixed clay, it is necessary to have near at hand a plastic or wooden plate, a plastic knife - a stack, a toothpick and a little warm water in a glass. And also a small sheet of paper and a pencil for the preparatory sketch.

most can think up

of the Fairy tale or fantastic character or to make use of the experience which is saved up for centuries. Any source - from “The book of fictional beings“ of Borges to ordinary “Harry Potter“ suits for the choice of the character.

We “travel to the fairy tale“ by means of a slide projector, and on the screen children see the most various characters who are once invented by people: these are Ancient Egyptian gods and sphinxes, antique monsters - a Minotaur, a gorgona, sirens, medieval unicorns, the Chinese dragons... And the world of the surprising images which are given rise by Bosch, Goya, Gustave Moreau and Salvador Dali`s brush induces children to own imaginations rather, than to copying (though there was at one of boys also absolutely “boskhovsky“ monster). The Russian artists represented fictional heroes too - therefore we look also “Sirin and Alkonosta“ Vasnetsova, and “Sir“ Vrubel.

of of Lomakying Wan, 8 years “the Teapot - the wizard“
the Pencil on paper it is possible to write down the sketch of future figure. It is good to try to represent the character also sideways or behind better to estimate the opportunities. We begin to mold from “pedestal“ - a support under a figure. It has to be convenient: for example, for the Mermaid it is better to stick together a stone, for Pegasus - a piece of the grassed meadow, and, say, in general the pedestal is not necessary to the Baba-yaga - instead of it there will be a mortar.

of Chizhova Lisa, 6, Grigorieva Diana, 7, of Bottoms Vitya, 8 years of “Monstrika“
And further begins the most interesting. A traditional question of beginners - “With what to begin?“ has quite traditional answer:“ From a ball or a sausage“. From a usual clay ball surprising “monstrik“ by addition to it a peephole, handles, ears and noses turn out. The long and thick clay sausage several easy movements of hands will take the necessary form and will plan shape of our hero. After that it will be necessary only to add missing details. Here only several descriptions of fairy tale characters which can turn out from usual clay “sausage“.

“Heat - a bird“
of Bobryashova Vitlaina`s Work, 5 years

Clay “sausage“ is bent by

in the form of a Latin letter S which top end is extended by fingers in the form of a beak, and long thin “sausages“ or flat cakes of “tail“ are stuck to back. In front pads with claws are added to the lower bend. Wings are made of two flat triangles by means of a knife cutting, and in a head “feathers“ are stuck. Both the tail, and feathers on the head of a bird can be made of toothpick pieces on which sharp tips clay balls are strung.

“The tsarevna - a swan“

of Kondratyeva Nastya`s Work, 6 years

Same “sausage“ is curved by

in the form of figure 2. In the top part the bend is rumpled and turns into a ball. Big and index fingers of both hands we squeeze “sausage“ below our ball - “heads“, turning this place into a neck. In the same way we squeeze a little below - there will be “waist“ of our tsarevna. Now it needed only to stick together hair and a crown, to add hands and wings.


of At the left - Andrey Zaytsev`s work, 8 years, on the right - Kukharuk Katya, 7 years

“Mortar“ are made of the rectangular clay flat cake curtailed into a tube. The circle - a bottom is fitted to it from below. Our “sausage“ is squeezed only in that place where there will be a neck. Hands are fitted to the same place. And further it is possible to dream - the Baba-yaga can be uncombed or in a scarf, in an apron, with a beads on a neck, with the broom or without it. For the handle of the broom it is also good to use a toothpick.



of Work as Kudryavtseva Julie,

If clay “sausage“ to deliver 5 years vertically and to knock a little on a plate, its lower end will become flat. Its top part is made out the same as at the Baba-yaga - i.e. the head vyleplyatsya and hands are attached. A certain being in a dress turns out. Depends on the imagination of the sculptor further whether there will be it the princess, the fairy, the elf or an angel with wings.

of Voropayeva Polina`s Work, 7 years

Is rolled out by

“Little Mermaid“ long clay “sausage“. The top part of a figure becomes as well as at the Baba-yaga. The lower half of “sausage“ is extended with fingers, a little flattened, and to the most bottom edge two small clay “petals“ are attached - it is and there will be a tail. It is possible to experiment with hair - to do them from thin sausages, the whole flat cake, small pieces of clay, etc. Little girls with pleasure decorated mermaids with cockleshells and beads - “pearls“ which are not painted with other figure.


of Kuzmina Alina`s Work, 7 years

the Problem of any “horse“ sculpture - instability: either legs too thick, or the figure falls on the real thin “horse“ legs. The problem is solved with the help of an internal support over which the real harmonous legs of the Unicorn (Pegasus, the Centaur fall or a certain generalized “horse“ character - children and such … molded). The case and the head of the Unicorn are molded from integral “sausage“ which is bent in two places, ears, a mane, a tail and legs are attached separately as well as a horn, and, at desire, wings.


of Kurovts Fedya`s Work, 6

the Most difficult and interesting of fantastic beings. The three-headed dragon can be made of very thick and long clay “sausage“, having made two long longitudinal cuts why he will be divided into three parts on one its end. Each part will become a neck and the head of a dragon. Cross cut of the head “mouth“ opens, easy pinches becomes rowing on a tail, a back and the head. Short thick pads and wings are stuck separately. Special pleasure - to paint already ready dragon, here the imagination just has no limits.

When the figure is ready

, it is necessary to gather a little warm water and to accurately iron it wet fingers, all seams between details and cracks on clay will not be smoothed yet. Then “sculpture“ has to dry several days then the following most fascinating stage of work on a hand-made article - a list begins. Clay can be painted with gouache, distemper, acryle, oil, with use of brilliant gels, decorative gold and silver paints (here, by the way, sense of proportion very much is useful - gold and gloss should not be much). After a list it is possible to varnish a figure.

it is possible not only to play

With ready “sculptures“, but also to decorate with them the nursery. And still to present to somebody, for example, the grandmother. And even years later she will remind children of pleasant minutes of creativity and of surprising travel to the world of the fairy tale created by the hands.