Polymer Clay Art Club: Sculpt Your Own Dragons! (Once per Week)
In this weekly art club, students will learn how to make different types of dragons using polymer clay. Some clay experience is recommended.
Heather Stewart-Williams/DragonVault (She/Her)
166 total reviews for this teacher
11 reviews for this class
Completed by 80 learners
Once per week
learners per class
How does an "Ongoing" course work?
Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills
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*Click "Show More" to see the themes for each week.* In this weekly art club, students will learn how to make one new dragon related sculpture each week. Students will learn various techniques throughout each class such as using an armature, using wire, using different clay tools, blending and smoothing techniques, marbling, and different clay sculpting techniques using fingers as tools. Some clay experience is recommended, but I will also sculpt with the students and show them step by step....
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.
1 file available upon enrollmentPolymer Clay Art Supplies 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 (Modeling Clay) or Play Dough. Model Magic or Air Dry Clay may be used, but these types of clays behave very differently and do not hold details as well.) **See Artist Recommendations below for more info on polymer clay brands** 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 - 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 to bake on. - 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, 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 holds up better after baking but it is a less soft. Fimo and Cernit both have varieties that are softer as well, but the same applies. These brands all 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! **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.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
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.
1 hour 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.
Heather Stewart-Williams/DragonVault (She/Her)
Certified Teacher, Homeschool Mom, Artist, and Writer (Special Education and K-12 Certified, Nearpod Certified Educator)
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
166 total reviews
165 completed classes
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...