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Lesson two

Tudor clay heads


Using one of your drawings from the previous lesson, we would like you to create a clay head similar to one of these two: 

Materials needed


Now, in school you would have been using modelling clay to complete your tile. Can we suggest that you have some fun in creating one of the following two items:


  1. Play dough
  2. Salt dough


I have attached a materials list to this page. Please discuss with an adult before you start either. 




1. Once you have your dough, create a base for your head. Remember, it should be a good 2-3cm deep otherwise you may have difficulty removing the head from the surface you are working on. 


2. You will need the following parts: eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth. Optional extras include a hat and a ruffle if you are creating Elizabeth or another of the queens?


3. Attaching your dough together; admittedly, we do this process with clay to help they stick together. I can't say with certainty whether of will have the same effect on your dough, however it is a good technique to practise. Watch the first two minutes of the YouTube video to remind you how to score your dough. 


4. Attach your facial parts using the score method (you can use a paperclip or a toothpick to help score the dough).


5. Think about the facial features (beard, hair and ears) that can be applied directly to the face. You can use a paperclip/toothpick or pencil to help add these in. 


Have fun! And don't forget to upload your results to your blog

Attaching clay pieces together

Learn how to score, slip and smear your clay forms together.