SELF-PORTRAIT INSPIRED BY A TOY – Form, Detail, Colour

Students use modeling clay to make a self-portrait based on one of their favourite toys.

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SELF-PORTRAIT INSPIRED BY A TOY – Form, Detail, Colour

Supplies:

  • Crayola Modeling Clay
  • Canvas Boards - 15.2 cm x 20.3 cm (6" x 8") - 1 per student
  • Toothpicks
 

Steps:

1
Step 1
  1. Mix the colour you want to use for your skin.
    - red + blue + yellow = brown
    - orange + small amount of black = brown
    - brown + white = skin tone
  2. Mix enough for arms and hands, neck and ears.
  3. Roll a small ball for your head.
2
Step 2
  1. Press the ball onto the canvas board.
  2. Flatten the ball with your fingers.
  3. Spread the clay into a shape for your head.
3
Step 3
  1. Make a small pyramid shape for the nose.
  2. Stick it to the face.
  3. Use a toothpick to make the nostrils.
4
Step 4
  1. Roll 2 small white balls of clay.
  2. Roll 2 smaller coloured balls of clay.
  3. Press the white balls flat on the face for the eyes.
  4. Press the coloured balls onto the white balls.
5
Step 5
  1. Roll 2 tiny black balls of clay.
  2. Flatten the tiny black balls onto the coloured balls.
  3. Poke each black ball with a toothpick to finish the eye.
6
Step 6
  1. Make a small coil for the neck.
  2. Press it into place.
  3. Add details by pressing clay onto the canvas board.
7
Step 7
  1. Add details that show things about you.
  2. Look closely at your toy. Notice:
    - the hair
    - the arms and hands
    - the legs and feet
    - the clothes
    - features on the face
    - special characteristics
  3. Add details that show something about your toy.