For the fourth grade clay project, we made Wayne Thiebaud cupcakes. We looked at the work of Wayne Thiebaud, who is best known for him still life pictures of sweets (cakes, cupcakes, etc.) and we talked about shape, color and texture. Each student made a top and a bottom for their cupcake. The bottom had a nice cupcake liner design on it to make it look life like when it was finished. The top of the cupcake was made either by using a pinch pot or coil method. Each student then used the scratch and attach method to add toppings to their cupcake (either real or unreal). Once they were dried and fired, students used tempera paints to color their creations. I taught the students how to mix colors on their clay to make tints, shades and the gradient effect.