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Polymer Clay Club 3: Sculpt and Create With Friends

Heather Stewart-Williams/DragonVault (She/Her)
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In this weekly social art class, Learners practice sculpting skills while having conversations about art and other topics. We vote on a theme for each week. Polymer clay experience recommended. *Learners may choose to use other art mediums*

Class Experience

Advanced Level
  • Learners will improve their understanding of creating and using various armatures. Learners will build on their understanding of basic sculpting structures and techniques to improve their understanding of more advanced techniques. Learners will improve their understanding of patterns, symmetry, color mixing, and color blending. Learners will be able to discuss various subjects using knowledge and experience while respecting the viewpoints and input of others. Learners will use creative skills and knowledge of art to problem solve.
I have been working with polymer clay for over 10 years. I am a professional polymer clay artist and have a successful business using clay.

I also taught elementary school aged kids for over 4 years. I have used polymer clay with my students in my own classroom with great success.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
A formal art assessment is available upon request if a Learner completes at least three months of classes.
Grades Offered
-Polymer Clay in a Variety of Colors: I recommend a variety pack to start with, or at least the primary colors and some neutral colors. Students sometimes have favorites, and they can always add to their clay supply as they find what they like. See artist notes below for branding recommendations.

-Sculpting tools such as ball tools, dotting tools, rubber or silicone tipped tools, cutting tools, a roller, etc. (plastic or metal is fine)

-Translucent Liquid Sculpey (Not for every class)
-Other colors of Liquid Sculpey are optional, but so much fun!

-Sculpey Gloss Glaze (Not for every class)
-Small paint brush (to use with the glaze)
-Aluminum Foil: This will not be used in every class, but learners will be notified when it is needed based on the project of the week.
-Toothpicks and /or jewelry wire (not for every class)
-Index Cards or other thick paper 
-Parchment Paper

Artist Recommendations:
I recommend using Sculpey III, Sculpey Premo, Fimo, Kato, 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 and Fimo Professional hold up better after baking but they are less soft. Fimo and Cernit both have varieties that are softer as well, but the same applies. Kato can be more firm sometimes, and bakes at a lower temperature so it is best not to mix with other brands. These brands all come in 2 oz. bars available at stores like Michael’s or JoAnn’s, or online at Sculpey or the Polymer Clay Superstore. I have also recently tested the "Crafter's" brand by Hobby Lobby. The Crafter's Collection Craft version is similar to Sculpey III or Craftsmart. The Crafter's Collection Advanced is extremely similar to Fimo Professional. I would choose the Advanced over the Craft Collection.

Please allow time for shipping if you choose to purchase supplies online. Clay bars are typically $2 - $4 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.

**Your learner may use different styles of clay (modeling clay, air dry, play doh), but be aware that different types of clay do not work the same way and I will not be able to give advice for some techniques with other types of clay. If different styles are used, the results will vary.**
Parental supervision or guidance is suggested for Learners who may need assistance with tools or material use. Polymer clay should be used on a non-porous surface (a metal sheet pan covered with parchment paper, or a piece of marble, or a ceramic tile, or just parchment paper laid out). Learners should avoid touching their mouth when working with polymer clay. Learners should also wash their hands thoroughly after working with polymer clay.

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. Bake for the amount of time given in class at 275 degrees Fahrenheit (275 is for Sculpey Premo or Cosclay; For other brands, please check the packaging for the recommended baking temperature and time). Let it cool completely before handling.

This is an inclusive class with a lot of learner led discussion. Learners are not required to talk, but it is encouraged! Having cameras on is also helpful for giving feedback. Per Outschool policy, Learners do need to at least turn their camera on at the beginning of class to be verified, unless your Learner has the green verified check from Outschool.
I may refer to clay and materials websites from time to time. These will be sent to parents and also be posted in the classroom as applicable.
Joined October, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Georgia Teaching Certificate - Special Education
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... 
Group Class


1x per week
70 min

Completed by 20 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-16
1-6 learners per class

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