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(Flex) Needle Felting & Polymer Clay Dragons With Fantasy Book Prompts

Students will create 7 different dragons in different poses, as well as learn some advanced skills with needle-felting and polymer clay. This course includes 7 instructional video lessons!
Amanda Bestor
16 total reviews for this teacher
New class
No live meetings
Over 7 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Aug 22

Aug 22 - Oct 28 (7 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Sep 12

Sep 12 - Oct 31 (7 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Oct 3

Oct 3 - Nov 21 (7 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Oct 31

Oct 31 - Dec 26 (7 weeks)
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Class Experience

Students will learn:
- Why I love needle felting and working with polymer clay and find it to be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby.
- How to set up and use the needle and the foam pad. 
- How to avoid poking yourself with a needle and what to do if you do. (There are kits that have leather finger protectors, I always add bandaids in my after-school classes, and sometimes they do get a little poke.)
- How to design your project by making a template on paper.
- How to begin felting, how to add to a project, and how to know when it is finished.
-I will also talk about some other materials that you can use for felting and with polymer clay.
- How to bake polymer clay.
- How fun sharing work on a class Padlet, and artist's outlet for showcasing skills.
-Fantasy Book Prompts about the plot and characteristics of the dragon characters in the novels on Padlet. 
The goal is to leave with a finished or almost finished felted dragon at the end of each lesson.
I am an experienced classroom teacher, after-school program teacher, and summer camp director. I have taught hundreds of kids how to needle felt and create things with polymer clay.
- Share your art with your peers by posting it on the Padlet. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
Felting materials: -Various colors of wool felting wool (wool roving) -3 or more barbed felting needles -A foam pad (A partial chunk of pool noodle works great, about 6-8 inches long and cut in half so it sits flat on the table.) There are affordable kits available on Amazon if you are just getting started. There is also wool at Michaels, eBay, and Hobby Lobby. -Pipe cleaners - A piece of paper and a pencil. (I will show students how to create templates for different fox designs.) Example of a felting kit from (I like this one because it is inexpensive and can be used for many projects.) Polymer materials: Polymer clay in different colors. (Please be sure to get polymer clay and not Playdough, cloud dough, or plastalina.) (I like Arteza or Sculpey best) Tools: paint brush rolling pin or acrylic roller toothpick plastic knife or butter knife parchment paper to build and bake on Masking tape to tape down a piece of parchment paper to work on. (A silicone mat works as well.) This kit from Amazon includes tools and clay: You can also get clay at Michaels or JoAnn's. Polymer clay will not dry out if exposed to air.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
-There is no formal assessment, but I like to see students leaving class confident about trying other projects on their own.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will have access to a class Padlet where they can see images of the work of others. All posts need to be approved by me, so only appropriate posts will go up. The Padlet works like a giant bulletin board where students can see their peer's work and get more ideas about what to try on their own. I will also use Google slides to show reference images to look at. When parents enroll in the class they will get a QR code and a video on how to post on Padlet. Padlet is free to join. I just log in with my Google account. If my videos get too large then I may use a private YouTube video link that will work for viewing the lesson as well.

Polymer clay will need to be baked in order for the clay to stay intact.
The instructions for baking are always listed on the package or kit of clay that you purchase.
I usually go with 275 degrees for 30 minutes (Covered with a foil tent, depending on the thickness of the clay.)

The needles that are used for needle felting are sharp but no sharper than any other new needle. They are special needles that have little ridges on them that grab onto the wool and help to weave the fibers together. The end of the needle is tapered to make a thinner point. I show students some simple safety steps that will teach students how to use tools properly. 
- Needles should be stored in the tube provided in many felting kits when you are not using them. Some students will embed their needles in the foam safety pad and that is okay as well. I also recommend only taking out one needle at a time. Sometimes a needle will break and that is why having extras on hand is nice.
- The foam pad should rest on the table or a hard surface. This way, if the student stabs the foam or wool too deep they would just hit the hard surface and not their lap. 
- Students should needle felt in a space where they can focus on their project. You can turn the wool as you felt so that you are not ever poking a needle at yourself.
- There are little leather finger protectors in many pre-made kits and many students like to use those. I don't think they are needed though.
- I find that students really enjoy needle felting and it is easy for them to pick up. My in-person needle felting classes are for ages 7-15 years old and they do well with their projects. I think your student will love needle felting!
Prompts about adaptations of and character traits of the dragons in the following books:

Wings of Fire Series by Tui T. Sutherland (Specifically book 2 and book 11)
How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
The Hobbit by J.RR. Tolkien
Eragon by Christopher Paolini


Amanda Bestor
Lives in the United States
Creative Courses for Lifelong Learners
16 total reviews
22 completed classes

About Me

As an educator, I think I have one of the greatest jobs in the world. I have taught in public school for 15 years and in nature centers, afterschool programs, and outdoor settings for 20. I especially enjoy the energy and curiosity of students... 
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