Polymer Clay Art: Sculpt an Axolotl!
In this one time art class, students will learn how to make an axolotl. Some clay experience is recommended.
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In this polymer clay art class, students will learn how to use clay techniques to make an axolotl. Students will learn various techniques throughout the class, such as using different clay tools, blending and smoothing techniques, making different shapes with teardrops and tapering, 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 also be encouraged to use...
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 many 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 three years. I have used polymer clay with my students in my own classroom, and they love it!
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 - 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, or Cernit 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.
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)
Certified Teacher, Homeschool Mom, Artist, and Writer
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
127 total reviews
127 completed classes
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...