Course Description

Currently Under Construction 

This master class will eventually include the content of all three Sculpting Creatures in Clay classes.  Content will be added as it is completed and class price will increase.




Have you ever wanted to bring your ideas to life in clay but weren’t sure where to start? This class will give you the skills needed to start creating your own original sculptures using Super Sculpey. We will start from the ground up, beginning with concept creation moving into armatures, building up clay, creating detail and texture, and finally, painting. At the end of the class, you will have a completed sculpture of your own.

Students will need to purchase materials in order to complete this class. Materials list and recommended buying locations will be provided.

Previous sculpting experience is not necessary. However, at least some working knowledge of art basics (form, shape, color theory, etc.) as well as basic drawing skills are highly recommended.


Lead Instructor

Neal Deschain

Neal has been sculpting since 2001 and is the author of Fantasy Creatures in Clay. He formerly taught college level art and currently maintains his own online classes on various platforms, teaching for over 15 years now. Working in a variety of clays, Neal is is the creator of The Arbori, plant based creatures that originate in the forest. He maintains his own line of figures featuring these original fantasy creatures. In addition to sculpting, he makes his own silicone molds, pours his own resin casts and hand paints each piece himself in his home studio in Orlando, Florida. You can see more of Neal's work on his website VerdantSculpts.com.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Under Construction Notice - Please Read

    • New Content Coming Soon!

  • 2

    Introduction and Materials

  • 3

    Armatures

    • Drawing an Armature Map

    • Building a Simple Armature

    • Reinforcing with Apoxie Sculpt

  • 4

    Building Form with Clay

    • Blocking with Sculpey

    • Refining Pt 1 - Basics and the Face

    • Refining Pt 2 - Anatomy

  • 5

    Detailing and Texturing

    • Detailing the Head, Neck and Tail

    • Texturing the Limbs and Body

  • 6

    Smoothing and Finishing

    • Smoothing with Isopropyl Alcohol

    • Baking Instructions

    • Sanding the Baked Sculpture

    • Finishing with Apoxie Sculpt

    • Using Spray Primer

  • 7

    Painting

    • Painting Basics and the Base Coat

    • Painting Gradients

    • Painting Shadows & Highlights

    • Painting Shadows & Highlights

    • Painting the Final Details

    • Color Theory Resources

  • 8

    Class Discussion

    • General Discussion

    • Materials Questions

    • Share Your Work

  • 9

    Thanks for Joining In!

    • Thanks for Joining In!