Art With Ms. K uses our Fossil Rubbing Plates!


Ms. Katzin of Art with Ms. K used several of our rubbing plates, including R5870 Linear Rubbing Plates and R5817 Animal Skins Rubbing Plates, as texture mats for clay sculptures. She explores a variety of textures and materials and guides her students to make gorgeous clay pendants!

Ms. Katzin published her post, entitled “Kindergarten Fossils,” on January 17, 2013. She used regular clay to bring out the best textures.


Our rubbing plates are great for introducing texture to pre-K art classes. For this activity, Ms. K got her students to press rolls of clay onto the textured rubbing plates. Once they removed the clay, they could shape the sides of the clay rolls into pendants.

To use the texture rubbing plates for making clay sculptures such as bowls, place a sheet of parchment paper below the clay. Roll out the clay into a flat 1/4″ thick slab. Next, choose your favorite textured rubbing plate. This next step will allow you to transfer the texture onto the clay piece.

Simply press the rubbing plates onto the clay slab and lift off. Gently loosen the parchment paper from the textured clay by peeling off the paper from the corners. When you are finished removing the clay, manipulate the textured clay slab into a curved face for a bowl or a cup. For the most adventurous, shape the clay slab into a dynamic sculpture, like an animal!

I love to see what new project Ms. Katzin comes up with–she IS the definition of art teacher in all aspects. Thanks again, Mollie!

Images and original post © Art with Ms. K.

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