Spooky Clay Fairy House: Design, Build, & Paint

Create a unique, spooky fairy house design using air dry clay. Learn to work with a slab of clay, as well as how to hand build details & paint your artwork. Perfect for Halloween fun!
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90 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 2 weeks


year olds


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

Through this process students will learn about the process of art making, and elements of art with a focus on form, texture, shape and color. Process art begins with generating multiple ideas, choosing a specific idea to create from, and then tweaking or modifying that idea as it is being applied within the medium.  Students will learn basic hand-building skills when working with clay such as how to prepare a surface for clay building, how to mold clay into various shapes and structures, how to attach clay pieces using the score and slip method, how to create textures using a variety of tools, and how to clean up after working with clay.  They will learn how to paint their clay creations including; how to properly protect the work area and themselves from paint splatter, what kind of paint to use, how to apply paint to their structure, and how to properly clean paint brushes and tools.
Homework will be assigned based on student progress throughout the course.  Some students work at a slower pace and may not finish the current step of the project we are working on.  Due to the nature of air dry clay, as well as the need for the piece to be totally dry before paint is applied, it is best for students to complete whatever step we are on before the next class.  The instructor will let students know which tasks will need to be completed before our next meeting.
Week 1: Tub of white Crayola Air Dry Clay (minimum 2.5lbs or 1.13kg of clay), surface covering (wax paper or parchment paper), smock, small cup of water, bucket/bowl of water, old towel, glass jelly or salsa jar or a canning jar (16oz or 1 Pint), rolling pin or 1in x 1in round wooden dowel cut to 12 inches long, gallon sized resealable plastic bag, 1 sheet of paper, tape, plastic clay sculpting tools ($5-$6 on Amazon) OR items from around the house; toothpicks, wooden skewer, plastic fork & knife, straws, old comb, old toothbrush, coins, pebbles or stones, etc.  

Week 2: Surface covering, smock, cup of water, paintbrushes (1 paintbrush will suffice but having a flat brush, round brush, and small detail brush will help with paint application and details), acrylic paint in colors of your choosing plus black and white, paper towel, tacky glue, hair dryer  Optional: Battery operated tea light, water-based Polyurethane Varnish found at the hardware store OR Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish found at art or craft stores for sealing your final project, Spanish moss, sand, beads, or other items to add texture and details. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Student progress will be informally assessed by the instructor though a quick show and tell of their piece at the beginning of each class. Students will also be given opportunities to self-assess and provide feedback/suggestions to each other for making improvements or sharing techniques they have discovered through the process. The final projects will be discussed in a group share about the process and what they learned.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Rose Gottler, M.A. EducationThe Painted Toad (Online Art Studio)
173 total reviews
202 completed classes

About Me

Art is my passion and I have been teaching K-8 art in a traditional school setting for half a decade. I am the owner of The Painted Toad, an online art studio that offers virtual art & painting classes for youth and adults. I’m excited to be... 
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