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Children Of The World Series - Series 1 - Tamarika with Deb Wood

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Children of the World Series ~ Series 1 ~ Tamarika with Deb Wood

Start Date: Series 1 Open Registration

Class: Tamarika

Instructor: Deb Wood, Polymer Clay Artist

Cost: $65 for 5 lessons


Children of the World is a comprehensive study of the different ethnicities of children around the globe. 

The Children of the World is a sculpting series I have wanted to offer for a long time and I am happy to finally have the time to devote to this fascinating project. The sculptures are busts, not complete figures, which gives us the opportunity to really delve into and devote time to the study of facial anatomy and sculpting. 

These busts are about 6” tall from the top of the head to the bottom of the breast plate. The overall height is determined by the pedestal base they are placed on. “Tamarika”, the figure shown on the this page is about 11” tall including the base. 

Each “Children of the World” session will include 5 lessons: 

1. Creating the armature and designing the base, including creative suggestions for supplies for the base. 

2. Building the skull armature for the bone structure and placement of the eyes. Placing the base layer of ‘skin’ clay. Baking, making corrections and preparing for the next lesson. 

3. Study and discussion of the facial features of this ethnic group and then sculpting the features of the face. 

4. Finishing the features, and a final check before baking. Next, sculpting ears, adding finishing touches and baking again. Painting the face and adding eyelashes will wrap up in this lesson. 

5. Wigging and hair adornments are complete. Finishing the base and accessories. 

(A supply list including sources will be sent when you register.) 

These classes will include the analysis of the bone structure and facial features of different races of children and what differentiates them from one another. It will also include techniques for mixing colors of clay to achieve the skin tones for the ethnicities along with using paints and pas-tels to complete the tones.

Studying children’s faces has always been fascinating to me. By presenting them as busts, we can make them larger which gives you the opportunity to really work on the anatomy and features. (*Yes, they certainly could be adapted to make a full doll, one with a cloth body and clay limbs. That information will not be covered in these classes however.) 

There will be at least 4 busts presented in this series. You may take one; or take all and upon completion you will have a dynamic and fascinating group of busts to proudly display. 

Thank you and see you in class! 

Deb Wood 



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