Clay Art Project Organization

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Clay Art Project Organization with Cart & Totes

Here are some tips and tricks to help you with clay art project organization in the elementary art room.

I use my “clay cart” for almost everything! It holds clay, tools, and projects at various times during each clay project. You’ll see that I also use the yellow totes from NASCO (not an affiliate) for almost everything.

The totes are stackable, and although they are not airtight, they keep clay moist when combined with damp pieces of fabric. You could use any plastic box with a lid that is a similar size. I ordered 25, which was enough to accommodate most grade levels plus storing clay scrapes.

Clay cart with tools, slab rolling supplies, and slip, for clay art project organization.

Keep Clay Hydrated

A little tip for keeping clay hydrated. Notice in the picture below (left) that I’ve scored the clay in the plastic bag on top. I spray it with water before folding it over the plastic bag. The water soaks in over time and keeps the clay nice and wet without getting too gooey.

Tip for Tools with Students

Another trick is to give students little dishes with damp sponges (pictured below on the right). I cut the sponges up and have just a tiny bit of extra water in the dish. I demonstrate how to squeeze the excess water out BEFORE using the sponge. Students can smooth out cracks when the clay gets too dry. Students can use a little water with the sponges before joining two clay pieces and smoothing out the clay after joining. It works as well as slip when both pieces of clay are still wet. (Slip is best for joining leather hard clay.) The little orange things (pictured on the left) are finger-stamping tools. The students love them! They work for stamping in clay and as well as for printmaking (stamping with paint on paper).

Clay carts set up with stamping and with wet sponges for kids.
Storing wet work in yellow boxes from Nasco.  The boxes are perfect for clay art project organization.
Using tape on heavy canvas fabric or having student write their name on cardstock and placing the carstock under the finished clay project.
Using paper cups for colored glaze.  Also, putting a upside-down pinch pot owl on top of the glaze containers as a sample of the finished glaze.

Did The Clay Get Dried Out? 😧

Maybe you inherited some old boxes of clay or forgot about that box of clay on the bottom shelf.

Do you need to rehydrate clay?  You can see some ideas here.

Those Yellow Bins! 😍

More about the yellow bins. I got them from Nasco. They were a “splurge” but really made a difference in how I could manage the clay. They are sturdy enough to stack. If they got a little heavy, I turned every other one 90 degrees to make them sturdier. Here’s a link to the Yellow Plastic Tray Totes from Nasco.

Click on this image to get a free copy of this infographic.

Remind yourself and others of the social and emotional benefits of art. This is a great graphic to include in parent newsletters or display in your room.

Let’s Connect!

Join my email list to hear about new resources, sales, and tips for teaching art and drawing, and get 15% off your next order! 

Continue the conversation in my FB group of art teachers:

The Art Teacher Drawing Hub.

Don’t forget to pin this!

A faded background image of clay tools, a clay storage box, and a chunk of clay in a bag. The overlay text says, "Art Teacher Tips - Clay Management in the Art Room".
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Stacey Peters

Stacey Peters

I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

2 Responses

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hi there!

I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art.

Search

Blog Topics

Shop TPT

JOIN THE LIST

Save 15% on your next order when you join my email list.

join the club

Connect with a group of dynamic art teachers where we chat about all things drawing. Come ask me your questions or search for ideas in the posts. We’d love to have you!

In the Shop

You might Also Like:

Join the Group

Connect with a group of dynamic art teachers where we chat about all things drawing. Come ask me your questions or search for ideas in the posts. We’d love to have you!

 

I like to spoil my subscribers :-) 

(and my dog)

Join the list!

Get 15% off your next order just by subscribing to my emails!  

Thank you for subscribing!