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Epic Domain: Sensory Play with Air Dry Clay (Fine Motor Skills and Imagination

Jo Patterson
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(148)
One-Time Class. Kids 6-12 will create with me in class (1 to 3) small, clay characters or objects. Fine Motor Skills like pulling and squishing clay involves the coordination of the hand, eye and brain. Creative play boosts imagination!

Class experience

Students will learn how to express themselves creatively through manipulating colorful clay as a sensory activity. Sensory play in early childhood development helps to develop a child's large and small muscles while improving dexterity. Modeling clay helps to strengthen eye/hand coordination and increase focus in a child, helping to build their attention span. Students will learn how to put together various different clay shapes to create pre-selected objects for that class. Color theory can also be taught as well and how to mix different colors to create a specific color they desire. Most of all we'll discuss "decision making" and "problem solving" when using our creativity in making personal preferences or correcting a problem. Working with clay can teach perseverance or how to cope and follow through even when things don't turn out the way you had planned. You can re-group, keep moving and create something amazing!

I am an Enrichment Program Director with my own 501c3 and LLC and a SEL Art Instructor with local after school and summer camp agencies. I regularly work with children using various art mediums and art related curriculum to teach (SEL) Social Emotional Learning competencies and 21st Century Life Skills. Art can also be very therapeutic and relaxing and helps to ease tensions or frustrations that a child may not otherwise be able to articulate. I have over 30 years experience working with youth and teens and have studied both Art Theory/History, Bachelors level Interior Design, I have my Bachelors in Organizational Leadership and I'm a Master's candidate for my MA in SEL (10/2023). As an educator, I love to see children excited over their own exploration and self discovery. I've seen children say they couldn't do this or couldn't do that, and with some patient coaching achieve incredible things!
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
My assessments (informal) will be in their ability to focus and pay attention in class, offer constructive critiques to peers and following my instructions. I want the children to feel free to make mistakes and learn from them. Sensory development by working with air dry clay will help your child to have self esteem, be disciplined and problem solve for themselves. I would like to help them find their confidence and take pride in what the create in my class. Art expression allows us to create what's pleasing to ourselves.
Grades Offered
Parents will need to purchase Creative Kids Air Dry Clay or any other pre-colored brand. (Make sure it's "super lite air dry".  I have a box of the multicolored clay, so painting the objects afterwards won't be necessary. (found on Amazon and some craft stores)

They may also want a few plastic tools (scalpel, spatula etc.) which can be found with modeling clay or polymer clay crafts. A plastic or silicon mat or some smooth, washable surface for them to work on would be helpful as well. 

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(148)
Hello! I'm Jo Patterson and I have over 30 years experience working with children and teens. I am currently an Independent Contractor who partners with several out-of-school time and after school organizations in Dallas/Ft. Worth area. 

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Group Class


per class
Meets once
70 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(70)
Completed by 157 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 7-12
5-10 learners per class

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