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Mexican Folk Art Bird Project

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Self-Hardening Clay
Masking Tape
Modeling Tools
Acrylic Paints
Paint Brushes
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  • Step 1
    Flatten 1/2 lb. of clay until it is about 1/4" thick.
  • Step 2
    Wad up newsprint into an oval-shaped ball about 3" long. Use masking tape to secure paper shape.
  • Step 3
    Drape clay over paper ball, making sure to leave bottom open to help with drying.
  • Step 4
    Keeping shapes and details simple, pinch clay in the front and shape the head.
  • Step 5
    Pinch clay in the back and shape the tail.
  • Step 6
    Smooth and finish shaping the clay. Using modeling tools, add a beak and eyes (optional). Plan to complete the entire sculpting process in one session. Clay can be moistened with water, if needed. Allow to dry for 24-48 hours.
  • Step 7
    Finish by painting with acrylic paints. This example is a Flat Tailed Dove.
  • Optional
    Experiment with different types of birds, such as roosters, parrots and more.

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