Relief Sculpture Art

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What You Need:

  • Cardboard reused from an empty cereal or cracker box
  • Modeling clay
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint brush

What You Do:

  1. Start by researching mythical creatures of the Middle Ages. Help your child choose one to use for this project or invent one of his own.
  2. Have him draw the basic shape of his creature on the cardboard with a pencil. Don't worry about adding too much detail, since the drawing will be covered with clay.
  3. Now begin building up the relief sculpture. Have him tear off small amounts of clay and mold them into the body parts of his creature (head, body, tail, legs, etc.), then press and flatten them onto the cardboard. If the clay doesn't stick try dabbing a small amount of glue under it. Help him experiment with texture and pattern by layering the clay pieces to create a three-dimensional look.
  4. Carve out facial features and other details to the creature using craft sticks or clay tools.
  5. Now add some color. Have him paint his mythical beast with the tempera paint in any color palette he likes; encourage him to be creative! Don't forget to paint the cardboard background, too.
  6. Once he is done painting, set the sculpture aside to dry.

Jump into imaginative play by creating a story to go along with your new mythical beast relief.

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