Clay—Cartoons in 3 dimension deals with facial expressions and a sense of humour. It is a fun project that young students love, as using clay is one of the most popular art techniques. This art project can be approached in two ways. The first being adopting a cartoon style and the second is creating a clay model based on members of the community such as politicians, sport heroes, your teacher or even a favourite movie or rock star. The approach you take will depend on the age group that you are teaching.
This project offers the students the opportunity to create a character in 3 dimension; to learn about exaggerating the features on the human face and modelling clay by hand. Students will initially draw several cartoons with exaggerated features using black pens, prior to making their clay caricature.
Source references of people from magazines, newspapers, cartoons or books and photocopy them as required. If possible, also refer to artists such as Paul Klee; the caricatures of artist Honoré Daumier, and paintings and drawings by artist Jean Dubuffet.