243-Sculpey: The Family Friendly Clay

Sculpey is a user friendly, multi colored clay featuring limitless artistic and creative possibilities. It remains soft, pliable, and workable indefinitely, imposing no time limitation on the artist.
The workshop will be divided into two sessions:


Sat., April 20:

Students will be introduced to various tools and materials required to construct elementary forms with Sculpey. This will include a single color clay Sculpey used to sculpt fundamental shapes such as spheres, cylinders, and other three dimensional forms. Clay sculpting tools, including rollers, clay extruders, texture plates, and cutting devices will be incorporated into the process. By joining and merging individual shapes, students will construct more elaborate objects. This will include elementary simple animal figures or more challenging detailed human figures, depending on the students’ individual comfort level.

Sat. Apr. 27:

Having been introduced to the basics, students will progress to more advanced projects. This will include creative armatures or fillers comprised of aluminum foil and toothpicks employed to create the internal mass of the sculptures around which the clay will be formed. This will help economize the quantity of the clay required, and help in firmly joining individual pieces into more complex forms. Subsequently, the smaller color clay samples will be joined by various means, resulting in complex and colorful patterns. These patterns will be employed in the adornment of the previously completed sculptures, such as attire for human figures, formation of flower vases, or simple colorful imaginary animals. Specific objects will be tailored to the skills or interests of individual students, as the process allows for a high degree of adaptability and flexibility.

NOTE: This workshop is recommended for families, adults with a child. All levels welcome.




Special Notes

All students must comply with the Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Policies and Procedures.


The following are the minimal materials that the students will need.

1: Sculpey Tools Clay Blades: $9.74
2: Premium Clay Tool Set – 4 piece including 3 Clay Shaping Tools plus a Roller. $4.99
3: 1lb Super Sculpey Beige. $16.99
4: Sculpey 30 Color Clay Sampler. $16.40

Optional per student

1: Sculpey Clay Extruder. $9.71
2: Sculpey Clay Texture Sheets. (choose – the more the better). $3.98 - $13.50

Supplies can be ordered via Michaels or Dick Blick Art Supplies. Students are encouraged to order additional items of interest if possible.

About the Instructor

Oscar Beck

MA William Paterson University; Received 45+graduate credits from NYU, including studies in anatomy, art history, studio art and photography. Exhibited art in NJ and NY galleries, receiving awards in painting, drawing, photography and sculpture over 30 years. Art instructor in private high schools, teaches and exhibits in NJ galleries.


Class Details

April 20 - April 27, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Days: Saturday

Tuition: $125

Member Tuition: $100

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Spring 2024

Level: Adult

Instructor: Oscar Beck