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Clay Modeling Course - Level 1

Simple, easy to follow clay modeling lessons!

Course Overview

The course takes the student, step by step, through the process of developing skills and dexterity for modeling with clay.  The projects start very simply and continue building upon the previously practiced skills for the completion of more complex projects.  These lessons are also designed to allow for flexibility.  For example, a child might struggle with the diamondback pattern on a rattlesnake.  If so, the project can be simplified to just modeling the shape of the snake with the rattler tail, leaving out the patterning.

What you will learn:

Find out how easy it is to learn to model with clay!

  • The advantages and challenges to modeling with natural clays

  • The advantages and challenges to modeling with polymer clays

  • The creation of basic forms (sphere, egg, bowl, etc) and their use in creating more complex modeling projects

  • Greater manual dexterity and fine motor coordination

What you will receive:

  • A course overview and description

  • A clear materials list for the course

  • 36 clay modeling lessons that guide you from start to finish for 36 clay projects

  • Additional videos that delve into fundamental pedagogical topics

  • Additional articles that explore various pedagogical considerations

What you will need:

  • At least two handfuls of clay (natural clay, polymer clay, or at least two handfuls of each)

  • a working surface such as a craft table or a plastic cutting board

  • a water container if you choose to use natural clay

  • an inexpensive set of plastic sculpting tools

  • A positive attitude, because we all make mistakes and it is part of the journey!

Who is this course for:

This course is for anyone who wants to begin learning how to model with clay, whether you intend to teach the subject to others or you are just learning for yourself.  The lessons are suitable for any age group, from young student to teens to adults.

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Course Content

Start Here

Introduction and Overview

Materials List

Flute/Recorder Lessons

Lesson 1: Natural Clay Conditioning Lesson

Lesson 2: Ball / Sphere

Lesson 3: Bowl

Lesson 4: Acorn

Lesson 5: Nest with Eggs

Lesson 6: Garden Slug

Lesson 7: Snowman / Snowperson

Lesson 8: Fruit

Lesson 9: Pig

Lesson 10: Bird on a Log

Lesson 11: Fish

Lesson 12: Turtle

Lesson 13: Bunny

Lesson 14: Gnome Head

Lesson 15: Caterpillar

Lesson 16: Mushroom

Lesson 17: Penguin

Lesson 18: Duck

Lesson 19: Snail

Lesson 20: Starfish

Lesson 21: Seahorse

Lesson 22: Sitting Cat

Lesson 23: Lion's Face

Lesson 24: Unicorn Head

Lesson 25: Cobra

Lesson 26: Seashell

Lesson 27: Swan

Lesson 28: Sun

Lesson 29: Leaf Being

Lesson 30: Jack o' Lantern

Lesson 31: Gingerbread Person

Lesson 32: Mermaid

Lesson 33: Rose

Lesson 34: Canoe

Lesson 35: Pea-Pod People

Lesson 36: Rattlesnake

Additional Resources

Pedagogical Videos

Pedagogical Articles

Appreciation Message

Homeschool Clay Modeling Beginner Course Overview

Clay Modeling Course

First Grade/Level 1

This course includes 36 clay modeling lessons for a First Grade Homeschool Curriculum or as a standalone course for beginner clay modeling. You are on your way to simple, easy to use lessons. Once you purchase the course you will have access to all of the videos and can begin your homeschool arts journey now!


homeschool arts lessons - clay modeling for first grade or beginners
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Meet Our Course Creator

Rev Bowen, founder of Homeschool Learning Solutions, is a seasoned grades teacher. 

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