The busts could also be painted with
acrylic or watercolor paints.
We displayed the finished commemorative busts in the school library
and in the community. Students
couldn’t wait to take these home!
This lesson is adapted from Studio
Exploration for Lessons 1 and 2,
Explorations in Art, Grade 5 (Davis Publications, 2008).
Nancy Walkup is an art teacher at W.S.
Ryan Elementary School in Denton, Texas;
editor of SchoolArts ; and a co-author of
Explorations in Art (Davis Publications,
Students demonstrate how history,
culture, and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art.
create a recognizable portrait •
bust of a famous person,
historic or contemporary.
recognize different types of •
columns used in architecture.
earthenware or stoneware •
clay, or self-hardening clay,
about half a pound for each
plastic or canvas to cover •
clay modeling tools •
containers of water •
paper towels •
gallon-size plastic bags •
masking tape •
glazes, acrylic paints, or •