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The character of Love Forever, by Nell, sits centered on a wooden stool, animated with rounded holes for eyes and wide open mouth. What do you think, is this ceramic creature surprised, scared, shocked, happy to see you or singing a song? The figure’s shape is adorned with cockatoo feathers and those of a pet. If you look further at Nell’s work you will see this familiar face in a variety of expressions used on different shapes, materials and scenarios. With Nell's Love Forever in mind we invite you to make, decorate and display your own mini hand-built critter.
This September School Holidays online activity explores modelling techniques for little hands to make expressive creatures. The feeling and the shape it takes is your choice. A big thank you to Sid, Peggy and Herb who share how it can be done using paper clay, some paint and textas.
You will need some paper clay (or airdrying clay), this can be made at home, (usually a chunkier texture) or purchase a smoother version from a local art supply store. To give your creature personality and life you can use decorative media such as water-based paints, and textas. Craft wire and other pieces, like beads, buttons, leaves and feathers, are also easy and fun to decorate with. Enjoy!
For ages 3 and up. If you would like more activities to do at home explore our Art at Home activities.