FUNKY CLAY ANIMAL – Form, Texture, Exaggeration

Students use Crayola air-dry clay over a light bulb armature to create a sculpture of an animal that communicates an idea important to them.

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FUNKY CLAY ANIMAL – Form, Texture, Exaggeration


  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay - White
  • Crayola Acrylic Paint - 6 Count
  • Crayola Paintbrushes - 5 Count
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Masking Tape
  • Tissue Paper
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Container Lids for Palettes
  • Crayola Sketchbooks
  • Wire - 16 Gauge
  • Recycled Light Bulb - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Create several sketches appropriate for the lightbulbshape.
  2. Choose the design you like the best.
Step 2
  1. Use wire to create parts of the animal such as legs and wings.
  2. Twist the wire into shape and tape it to the light bulb with masking tape.
  3. Make sure it is good and secure.
Step 3
  1. Gently press the clay onto the lightbulb.
  2. Use clay to add other details.
  3. Smooth out the clay on the lightbulb armature as you go along.
Step 4
  1. Allow the sculpture to dry overnight
  2. Some cracking may occur (the tissue paper will cover any cracks).
Step 5
  1. When the clay is dry, cover the clay and wire with tissue paper.
  2. Mix a small amount of water with Crayola No-Run Glue.
  3. Make sure you apply the glue mixture to the clay first and then on top of the tissue paper.
  4. Be sure to cover all the clay with glue and tissue paper.
Step 6
  1. Allow the sculpture to dry overnight.
  2. Paint the surface with acrylic paint.
Step 7
  1. Add embellishments to give your animal a distinctive personality.
  2. Mount the sculpture on a solid base such as a piece of wood or large rock.
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