Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Clay Portraits

Category Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Grades 4-12 (full-day)

Curriculum Connections Visual Arts, History

Students explore the rich history of clay busts/portraits as a starting point for both monumental works and contemporary craft. Using a variety of hand-building techniques, students create their own clay head “in the round.”

Programme Objectives

By the end of any clay programme, students will:

  • Use appropriate terminology related to ceramic arts
  • Assess historic and current examples of the chosen project
  • Demonstrate an ability to construct a clay beast, mask, portrait or vessel using hand building techniques



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