My Sculpture Class

Learn to sculpt onlne

For Credit outline ...The class will be for two professional graduate credits from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.  We are in the process of finalizing the details...


 20 participation
 20 self-critique
 20 lesson plan submission
 40 completed projects

Course Description


This course offers an introduction to the techniques of sculpting in paperclay, with an emphasis on sculptural form and individual project development. Students will learn the process in creating deliberately unfired finished sculptures that include wire armatures, the use of strengthening and sealing materials as well as room temperature glazing techniques.

These techniques will be geared toward helping teachers to enhance student learning in a classroom situation.


Course Learning Outcomes


Students will learn about basic paperclay sculpture fabrications and the benefits of papercaly versus regular cerammic clay.  Specific assignments will allow the student to utilize these skills in the expression of form and concepts. The students enrolled in paperclay sculpture and cold finishing are expected to participate in every class session and perform to the best of their abilities. By the end of the semester they should have attained a good understanding of the various techniques of working with paperclay, as demonstrated in class, at an introductory level.


Additionally, each student will be expected to:

*participate in blog discussions and critiques.

*Complete a self-critique.

*Post a finished sculpture for critique.

*Post a lesson plan using a sculpture project in the classroom.




Module 1:



  • Learn about formation of clay and understand difference between regular clay and paperclay bodies
  • Learn how to build an armature 
  • Learn forming techniques of pinching and modeling clay.
  • Learn techniques allowing  addition of wet clay to dry clay

Module 2:



  • Study the behavior of paperclay as it dries as opposed to regular clay.
  • Student will learn how to support a soft clay slab by draping it over a paper form.
  • Student will learn about  texturing, and addition of non-ceramic objects.
  • Student will learn about Dry to Dry joining of clay and the idea of construction rather than modeling
  • Student will learn how to fill cracks that occur.


Module 3:











Module 4:

Student will have an understanding of how clay behaves when fired and when left unfired

  • Student will learn how to create flat slabs of clay and construct, rather than model.
  • Student will learn drying techniques
  • Student will learn techniques for strengthening clay so that it does not have to be fired.
  • Student will learn various cold finishing techniques
  • Recycling the clay

Student will discover opportunities to use clay in the classroom to enhance student learning.

  • Student will develop a lesson plan to use fiberclay in the classroom.  
  •  Student will post a lesson plan to share with other teachers using fiberclay sculpting techiques in the classroom.
  • Student will share successes and challenges of the lesson with other teachers.









Books and Materials

Optional Books




Hands in Clay An Introduction to Ceramics
Author(s): Speight, Charlotte; Toki, John

ISBN: 0767405013
Mayfield Publishing Company

Clay and Glazes for the Potter
Author(s): Rhodes, Daniel; Revised and expanded by Hopper, Robin

ISBN: 0873418638
Krouse Publications

Ceramics Monthly


 discounted school supplies, and Academy of Art University branded items such as notebooks and apparel.


25 bag of paperclay or fiberclay

steel rods, wire, nails or spikes

clay tools


choose from assorted cold finishing materials (metal paint, acrylics)

paint brushes or chip brushes




Every online class includes a web-based Discussion where you interact with your instructor and classmates. The Discussion simulates traditional classroom discussions, except that participation is asynchronous. This means that you can visit or contribute to the discussion at any time.

Participating in the online discussion is easy. All you need is the browser you are using to view this page. No other software or plug-in is required. You may post text, graphics, HTML, and Internet links in a class discussion.

Note: Students are required to participate in their class discussions on a regular and frequent basis. Each student should address individual comments to both the instructor and fellow students for each topic. At a minimum there should be at least one comment addressed to the instructor and a second comment addressed to a fellow student for all assigned discussion topics. Students should participate both at the beginning of the assigned time period and at the end of the time period for each discussion topic. More interaction is better and this is reflected in the class grading. Class participation in the discussion area is required and makes up a significant part of your grade.