THE FIRST 2 CLASSES:
Instruction on how to quickly learn - and to teachs - a unique, quick and easy type of clay sculpture. Students of any skill level can learn and profit from this skill, including regular teachers and Special Ed teachers.
I teach between 1 to 5 students so I can give close personal instruction to each student.
My past students have included all ages and backgrounds, including small children, the elderly, somewhat disabled (including Parkinson's disease and high-performing autistm spectrum folks), those who are hospitalized or bed-ridden, and students overseas who spoke little English.
How to use the unique clay called Skulpy, which I will provide, along with other materials. (Fred Meyer stores sell it in their school/hobby section... or they will stock it upon request.) Students can choose what style and type of objects they will sculpt. Pendants, portraits of loved ones, refrigerator magnets, lovely flowers, small personalized gifts - anything one can imagine, fanciful or serious.
Materials that can be glued on to baked Skulpy, including Mylar, fabric, flower petals, Autumn leaves, dune grass, hair from horse tails, wood chips, etc.
Sculpy can be sanded, carved, drilled and painted. It accepts all kinds of paint and glue.
ADVANTAGES FOR TEACHERS WHO ARE MY STUDENTS:
After my 2 classes, my teacher/students will be able to easily teach their students how to use Skulpy. School districts love this because it is so cheap, clean, and is a crowd-pleaser suitable for lively, fun school art shows.
Skulpy is child-safe, non fuming and non-poisonous.
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AND PHYSICAL THERAPISTS:
Skulpy is especially appealing material for disabled students, who love to squeeze it and then make thing with it.
Physical therapists will find it an appealing materials for restoring hand-strength and eye-hand coordination. Parkinson, Alzheimer's and dementia patients love to play with it - they will want to carry it around like Arab 'worry beads'.
My students who were stroke victims loved Skulpy and eagerly exercised their muscles and nerves with it. It is irresistible to them once they begin handling it.
TYPE OF SCULPTURE TAUGHT:
Various styles taught, including realistic, cartoon, illuminated lettering, personalize gifts, ethnic designs such as Celtic patterns, Aztec designs, etc. Family and pet portraits are favorites. Also flowers (please see my photo here of a Parkinson's disease victim holding her fine camellia bloom.)
Garden club members love to make their own "frogs" using Skulpy for displaying Spring flowers, Autumn leaves. dried grasses, feathers, etc. Planters can also be sculpted, like the wall-mounted planter of Mother Nature's head, in the photo shown here.
WHERE CLASSES WILL BE TAUGHT:
The class venue could be anywhere 5 students can meet and sculpt and then use a common kitchen stove for 15 minutes. Skulpy is not water-based nor oil based, so cleanup is minimal.
OBJECTIVE OF THE CLASSES:
After attending the 2 Skulpy classes my students will know everything I know about how to use it and will be able to pass-along that information to others, including students.
My Skulpy classes teach a unique lifetime skill that requires only a flat well-lit work space and a kitchen oven.
Class times will be determined according to the wishes of the majority of applicants. I prefer Tuesday and Thursday of the same week, between 1 PM and 3 PM, so the lessons will stay fresh and have continuity.
I provide all student materials and simple tools for each class. I encourage my students to devise their own tools and imagine new materials.
I also provide a 2-sided page describing how to use Skulpy, including sample designs for sculpture projects. That page's backside describes class materials and where to buy them.
WHAT CLASSES COME NEXT:
After the Skulpy classes I hope to teach classes in other subjects such as drawing, ceramics, wood carving and any creative subjects that is requested.
PRIVATE OR FAMILY LESSONS:
These would be welcome.