Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome video

    1. How to work with air dry clay

    2. Preparing the head

    1. Happy

    2. Angry

    3. Arrogant

    4. Surprised

    5. How to sculpt an open mouth

    1. All about painting with watercolor

    2. Painting demonstration

About this course

  • $65.00
  • 10 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content

Course Information

Another online fun course by Marlaine Verhelst.

Description: You already have some experience as a sculptor or a doll maker, but you are struggling with the expressions of your dolls. Marlaine shows you how to sculpt a happy face, an angry face, an arrogant face and a surprised face in air dry clay. You will also learn how to emphasize these expressions with watercolor paint. A similar course has been offered before.
Media Category: Air Dry Clay
Course Type: Self-directed (refer to the FAQ page for full descriptions of each course type)
Course Format: Demonstration
Course Begins: March 15, 2022 - Ongoing
Course Duration: No time limit

What will Students learn? Students will learn how to sculpt and paint expression in their dolls' faces.
Instructor/Students interaction: Answer questions via emails.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Required skill(s): Basic sculpting skills.

Supplies and tools: 

  • Air dry clay of your choice (like Creative Paperclay)
  • Styrofoam eggs
  • Cardboard toilet paper rolls
  • Sculpting tools
  • The painting supplies are explained in the special painting PDF that comes with the course

Downloads: The content includes PDFs and demonstration videos. 


Marlaine Verhelst

Hand sculpted Porcelain - Air Dry Clay - Textiles

Marlaine Verhelst works and teaches in several mediums. Mostly her pieces are sculpted directly of porcelain, but also in air dry clay. Sculpting and painting are Marlaine’s favorite aspects of the process of creating a doll. Her dolls are human with a fantasy touch. “Less is more” is her maxim for the final result. Textiles are her other love. She works as a guide and teacher in a Museum of Textiles in her hometown. Marlaine is a proud NIADA artist member since 1999 and has a lot of experience in teaching, online and in person. She is looking forward to meeting you!

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