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Polymer Clay Art Camp: Make Your Own Ocean Creatures!

In this four day art camp, students will learn how to make four different ocean themed sculptures using polymer clay.
Heather Stewart-Williams (DragonVault)
128 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
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Class

60 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 2 weeks

8-12

year olds

2-6

learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Description

Class Experience

Students will learn several different polymer clay techniques, including: making an armature, blending colors together, 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 many years. I have a Facebook page 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 three years. I have used polymer clay with my students in my own classroom, and they love it!
Students will be completing their sculptures during class. After class they will bake their sculpture according to the directions. Students are also encouraged to post on the discussion board in the Outschool classroom.
Polymer Clay in a variety of colors:
Day 1 - Greens and blues are nice, or any other colors. At least 2 oz. of clay. Aluminum Foil (about a 3 inch square)
Day 2 - any colors! At least 2 oz. of clay.
Day 3 - Grays and blacks are great for this one, but any colors will do! At least 2 oz. of clay.
Day 4 - Teal, purple, or any mermaid colors. At least 2 oz. of clay.

Sculpting tools: 
- a ball sculpting tool or a small paint brush with a rounded end 
- a sculpting knife or a straight-edged butter knife 
- an acrylic roller or larger paint brush 
- a clay smoothing tool or silicone nail art brush

Other materials:
- aluminum foil
- parchment paper

Artist Recommendations:
I recommend using Sculpey III, Sculpey Premo, or Fimo brand polymer clay as they are easier to work with. They come in 2 oz. bars available at Michael’s or JoAnn’s, or online at Sculpey or the Polymer Clay Superstore. Please allow time for shipping if you choose to purchase supplies online. Clay bars are typically $2 - $3 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!

If you have any other questions about tools, materials, or colors then please send me a message.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students progress will be assessed informally throughout the classes. Students will get feedback on their sculptures during class as well as after class if needed.
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
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.

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.

Teacher

Heather Stewart-Williams (DragonVault)
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Certified Teacher, Homeschool Mom, Artist, and Writer
128 total reviews
128 completed classes

About Me

I have been 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... 
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