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Polymer Clay Art 2: Sculpt an Axolotl Figure!

Heather Stewart-Williams/DragonVault (She/Her)
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In this one time polymer clay art class, students will learn how to make an axolotl sculpture with gills and a sail. Some clay experience is recommended.

Class Experience

Beginner - Intermediate Level
  • Students will learn several different polymer clay techniques, including: making different shapes with the clay, using a knife to make detail, using fingers to create detail, and using sculpting tools.
  • Students will improve their understanding of art as a means of self-expression. They will learn how to practice positive self-talk, and they will learn how to utilize constructive criticism.
I have been working with polymer clay for over ten years. I have a Facebook page and a website to showcase my art, and I have sold pieces at various events throughout the years. I have also been teaching elementary school aged kids for over four years. I have used polymer clay with my students in my own classroom, and they love it!
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: included
Details: Student progress will be assessed informally throughout the classes. Students will get feedback on their sculptures during class as well as after class if needed.
Frequency: included
Details: A certificate of completion is available upon request. You must message me if you would like a certificate. Certificates may take up to one week to be sent after the request is received.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Clay - Polymer Clay in a variety of colors. (IMPORTANT - These sculptures are intended to be cured and hardened. It is not recommended that Learners use Plastalina or Play Dough. Model Magic or Air Dry may be used, but behaves very differently and does not hold detail as well.) Sculpting tools: - a ball sculpting tool or a small paint brush with a rounded end - a sculpting knife or a straight-edged butter knife (sharper knives are best, but be sure your learner knows knife safety) - an acrylic roller or larger paint brush, or other smooth rolling tool - a clay smoothing tool or silicone nail art brush - a needle tool or toothpick - other desired tools Other materials: - parchment paper and/or cardstock/index card - a smooth, clean, non-porous surface to work on. I use a ceramic tile from the home improvement store. You can also use a piece of parchment paper wrapped around a piece of carboard and taped down so that it stays. I do not recommend working on aluminum foil as it gets wrinkled easily. Artist Recommendations: I recommend using Sculpey III, Sculpey Premo, Fimo, Kato, or Cernit brand polymer clay as they are easier to find. Of these, the Sculpey III brand is the least strong but soft to work with. If you are looking for sculptures to be stronger, Sculpey Premo and Fimo Professional hold up better after baking but they are less soft. Fimo and Cernit both have varieties that are softer as well, but the same applies. Kato can be more firm sometimes, and bakes at a lower temperature so it is best not to mix with other brands. These brands all come in 2 oz. bars available at stores like Michael’s or JoAnn’s, or online at Sculpey or the Polymer Clay Superstore. I have also recently tested the "Crafter's" brand by Hobby Lobby. The Crafter's Collection Craft version is similar to Sculpey III or Craftsmart. The Crafter's Collection Advanced is extremely similar to Fimo Professional. I would choose the Advanced over the Craft Collection. Please allow time for shipping if you choose to purchase supplies online. Clay bars are typically $2 - $4 per 2 oz. per bar. You can also buy multi packs that can sometimes be cheaper. The clay will not dry out if exposed to air, so it will last a while and can be used for other projects! **My favorite clay for softness and durability right now is Cosclay, but it is more of an investment. They come in larger, 8oz - 16oz boxes. This clay is soft to work with, but also very durable. You can find it at www.Cosclay.com or on Amazon. The variety packs that are off branded on Amazon are sometimes okay, but they often have very soft clay that is a little tough to work with. Some kids like it that soft, but others may get frustrated with the texture as it is difficult to use to make details. If you have any other questions about tools, materials, or colors then please send me a message.
Parental supervision or guidance may be needed for inexperienced learners. Polymer clay should be used on a non-porous surface (a metal sheet pan or piece of cardboard covered with parchment paper, or a piece of marble, or just parchment paper laid out). Learners should avoid touching their mouth when working with polymer clay.

Parental supervision or guidance is recommended when learners are using sharp cutting tools. We will be cutting the clay at various times in class, and that will require a clay cutting tool or knife. A plastic knife with a straight edge will also work.

You can bring any clay colors for your axolotl. If you use polymer clay like I do, it is helpful to take the clay out before class and start conditioning the clay. You can do this way before class or about 15 minutes before, depending on how hard your clay is. To condition the clay, take out a little at a time. Squeeze the clay, roll it around, and make sure it feels workable. Even if your clay is soft when you open it, conditioning it helps it to cure properly and be stronger. 

If you have really hard clay, make sure to start conditioning early, sometimes 45 minutes beforehand, by chopping up the clay into very small pieces and slowly rolling them together a little at a time. You can also use a food processor, but only if that food processor will not be used for food.

Parents may need to help their learner cure the sculpture by baking it in the oven after class. Place the sculpture on parchment paper or an index card on a baking sheet. If you are using Premo, bake at 275 degrees. Time will vary depending on thickness. If you use another brand, check your packaging for baking temperature and time. Let it cool completely before handling.
Joined October, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Georgia Teaching Certificate in Special Education
I was an elementary school teacher for over four years, and I am also certified in Special Education. I enjoy teaching every subject, including art and music! I want students to have fun while they are learning. When students have fun and make a... 


Group Class


per class
Meets once
60 min

Completed by 229 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-13
1-5 learners per class

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