CREATING CHARACTERS – Form, Texture, Facial Features

Students use modeling clay to create 3-dimensional heads that show 3 characters with different and distinct personality traits.

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CREATING CHARACTERS – Form, Texture, Facial Features


  • Crayola Modeling Clay - Jumbo Pack
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Pencils
  • Toothpicks


Step 1
  1. Make 3 character heads with different and distinct personality traits.
    - think of features you can make to show each character's personality traits
  2. Choose 3 different colours of clay.
  3. Create 3 different shapes for the heads – a cuboid, an oval and a sphere.
  4. Roll small white spheres, smaller coloured spheres and tiny black spheres of clay for the eyes - 2 sets for each head.
Step 2
  1. Place the white spheres where the eyes should go.
  2. Press them flat.
  3. Place the coloured spheres on top of the white circles.
  4. Press them flat.
  5. Place the tiny black spheres on top of the coloured circles.
  6. Press them flat.
  7. Poke the black circles with a skewer or pencil.
  8. Smooth out the edges.
Step 3
  1. Use a skewer to make different kinds of mouths.
    - make mouths that suit the characters' personalities
  2. Press a small piece of clay flat.
  3. Shape it into a small tongue for one of the mouths.
Step 4
  1. Insert the tongue into the mouth with a bamboo skewer.
  2. Press it into place.
Step 5
  1. Think of other details you want to add.
  2. Make sure they suit the personality traits of your character.


  1. Start with a small cone, teardrop or ball of clay.
  2. Pinch it into the shape you want.
  3. Stick it to the face.


  1. Start with a small ball of clay.
  2. Flatten it and cut it in half.
  3. Curve it into a 'C' shape.
  4. Stick it to the side of the head.


  1. Use a flat piece of clay.
  2. Place it on the head in a style that suits your character.
  3. Add texture with a toothpick.

  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Visual Arts,

    • Media Literacy

  • Grades:

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8,

    • Grade 9

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