I have used air dry clay to make pinch pot type gargoyle heads with my 5th
graders last year. (I don't have any photos, yet) We made these gargoyles in
one class period, they dried and the next class we painted them with black and
white paint "sponged" onto the surface to simulate granite/concrete/stone.
Every student had a successful gargoyle, and it was the only time the word
"ugly" was allowed in art class...because gargoyles are ugly ;-)
I gave each student a tennis sized ball of the clay. We then used our thumbs
to pinch open a mouth. We used our hands/fingers/knuckles and simple clay
tools to create the eyes, ears, horns, fangs all with the pinch/poke/and pull
method. They were not allowed to add pieces to their clay, pinching and pulling
only. (I have had trouble with some air dry clays using the score/slip
method of attachment...so the pinch pull method solved that issue).
When the heads were sculpted, they had to add texture to the gargoyles skin.
When they were dry, I had dollops of black and white paint for each student.
They applied the black and white paint to the sponge, tap tap tap the excess
off on a paper towel, then they tap tap tap the color on the gargoyle. The
sponge technique helped to accentuate the surface texture. The sponges gave the
gargoyles a motled effect, looked like stone.
When the paint was dry, I used a basic clear spray acrylic varnish (outside)
to the finished pieces to give a gloss finish. Students could also paint on a
clear gloss varnish with a brush when they are dry. Sharpie marked for their
name and year on the bottom of the gargoyle head. ( I have one as a paper
weight on my desk, I need to take a picture of it to share an example.)