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Polymer Clay Art: Sculpt Your Own Wizard Dragon!

In this two day online course, students will learn how to make a dragon sculpture using polymer clay. They will also make a wizard hat, scarf, and wand. Students can choose what colors to use for their theme.
Heather Stewart-Williams (DragonVault)
150 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
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Class
90 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 1 week
10-14
year olds
2-5
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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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. They will also learn the basic structure of a sculpture and how to make a desired pose.

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 can take a photo of their progress and upload it to the classroom for the teacher to give feedback. They are required to cover their sculpture with a plastic container or glass in order to keep the sculpture clean and ready for the next class. Students are encouraged to post in the classroom.
Clay - Less than 1 oz. of black polymer clay - 2 oz. of the desired main color for the wizard dragon. Some suggestions are red, yellow, blue, green, or purple. (For example, the dragon in the classroom photo is dark blue). -1 oz. of each desired accent color. Some suggestions are gold, black, bronze, silver, or white. The accent color should compliment the main color. (For example, the dragon in the class photo has black accents, and a bit of silver). ***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 (bring to each class!): - 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 - a needle tool or toothpick - other desired tools Other materials: - A small piece of aluminum foil (approximately 5 inches should be plenty) - parchment paper - an index card or small piece of cardstock - 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, 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.com 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.
3 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)
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Lives in the United States
Certified Teacher, Homeschool Mom, Artist, and Writer (Special Education and K-12 Certified, Nearpod Certified Educator)
150 total reviews
149 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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