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Polymer Clay Art: Create Your Own Magical Mermaid Tail

In this one-time class, students will learn how to sculpt a decorative mermaid tail using polymer clay. No experience is needed!
Heather Stewart-Williams/DragonVault (She/Her)
185 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
60 minutes
per class
Meets once
9-12
year olds
1-6
learners per class
per learner

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Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
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Description

Class Experience

Students will improve their understanding of basic sculpture techniques and patterns.

Students will improve their understanding of tool use.

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!
Polymer clay in at least two different colors (a main tail color and an accent color). *Optional* - Glitter or pearl colors for extra sparkle! Clay tools: - clay knife, plastic straight edge knife, or other straight edge knife (I use an x-acto knife) - clay roller (I use an acrylic roller) - smooth surface to work on (I work on a marble tile from the home improvement store) - ball tool (or a small paint brush with a rounded handle) - needle tool or etching tool (or a toothpick) - other clay tools as desired Baking tools (if your polymer clay requires oven curing): - sheet pan or cookie sheet - parchment paper or index card to bake your sculptures on I recommend using the brands Sculpey Premo, Sculpey III, or Fimo. They are the best to work with. There are a variety of shades in these brands, so you can choose which shade of the colors that you would like to use. The clay comes in 2oz. blocks, and you can usually find it at Michael's or JoAnn's. Amazon has some colors as well, but they are usually priced higher. There is also a website called "Polymer Clay Superstore" that sells the clay in multiple colors, but please allow time for shipping if you choose to shop online. If your learner might be taking more than one polymer clay class, the multi-packs can be a great resource! **Your learner may use different styles of clay (modeling clay, air dry, play doh), but be aware that different types of clay do not always work the same way. If different styles are used, the results will vary. I do not recommend using Plastalina as it cannot be hardened or cured.** 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.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parental supervision or guidance is suggested for inexperienced or younger learners. Polymer clay should be used on a non-porous surface (a metal sheet pan 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.

Parents will 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. Bake for 30 minutes at 275 degrees (if using Premo). Let it cool completely before handling.

Teacher

Heather Stewart-Williams/DragonVault (She/Her)
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Certified Teacher, Homeschool Mom, Artist, and Writer (Special Education and K-12 Certified, Nearpod Certified Educator)
185 total reviews
188 completed classes

About Me

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... 
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