A Whimsical Bird!

Learn to sculpt a whimsical bird with air dry clay. No experience necessary!
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4 ratings)
151 students
A Whimsical Bird!
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4 ratings)
151 students
Learn to sculpt a whimsical bird with air dry clay.


  • This course is for all levels.


A Whimsical Bird is the first in a series of courses where you learn how to sculpt with air dry clay. Sculpting a whimsical bird is the perfect way to learn how to use air-dry clay. You don't have to worry about getting it perfect, it's whimsical! Who cares?

In this course, you will learn how to sculpt a whimsical bird. We will cover:

1) the basic tools needed

2) forming a simple armature for your sculpture

3) adding air dry clay to your armature

4) smoothing your sculpture

5) adding a base and sanding your sculpture

6) painting and embellishing your sculpture

I have over ten years experience sculpting with air-dry clays making anything from a life-sized Scooby Doo to miniature mermaids and art dolls and I am a member of the Creative Paperclay Design Team. My clay of choice for this course is Creative Paperclay® simply because it is my favorite clay to work with. However, this course is no way affiliated with Creative Paperclay® Company.

I have uploaded the PDF of the supply list and a template you can print and use to help you shape the armature for your bird. The template is letter-sized.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to learn to sculpt with air dry clay.

Course content

6 sections • 14 lectures • 37m total length
  • Welcome!
  • Supply List


Mixed Media Artist, Sculptor and Teacher
Suzette Hussey
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 75 Reviews
  • 2,900 Students
  • 5 Courses

I am a sculptor,  mixed media artist, and avid art journaler. I work primarily with air-dry clays,  plaster, and acrylics. I will often use a mix of these amongst found items and embellishments in my work.

I am also an online teacher with courses on Skillshare and Udemy. I am teaching in Art Walk Alchemy 2020 an online collaborative of mixed media teachers. You can find out more about this year-long course on my blog Paper Mache Patch.

I design for several companies. Design teams I am currently on are:

The Creative Paper Clay® Co.

The Robin’s Nest Design Team

Art Anthology