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  • Self-Study
  • Instructor – Kathy Lewis
  • 5 Lessons/5+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • FB Group
  • Course Price – $119
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Would you like to learn how to create unique characters using air dry clay?  Are you ready to learn some new ways to think outside the box?


Join Kathy Lewis, aka KJ Allison in her new course - HEADS UP!  The focus of this course is to create fun, clay characters, and the head is our main focus.  Kathy will be teaching four main projects - the Floating Head, Wall Head, Walking Head, and Block Head.  The fifth lesson is a bonus lesson which will teach you a new way to mix clay with your drawings or paintings!  Each lesson will offer new skills to add to your clay building repertoire!  If you have taken Kathy's past classes, they will certainly open more doors, but it is not necessary to have taken any of her previous classes to participate in this one!   We will explore varied techniques both in construction and with finishing details in this course so that you can create new and interesting figures with headsWe hope to see you in class!



By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Create armatures for clay figures
  • Apply clay to simple clay figures.
  • Learn a simple way to create a tongue
  • Learn how to add feathers to a walking head and wall head
  • Add clay to a wooden base
  • Mount a head to a block so it looks like it is floating above the block
  • Add legs using rebar wire to your figure
  • Sand and paint the finished clay figure
  • Seal the completed figure


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Before we get started on our main lessons, we will have ourselves a warm up!  This is a lesson to help you prepare for the other lessons in this class. This is a lesson to help you prepare for the other lessons in this class. The Blockhead, Lesson 4,  needs to have a clay block that is dry before you begin. So, I will begin the warm up by showing you how to create the clay block.  This is simple and a great way to get acquainted with the clay.  Next, we will prepare the second block.  This block will be for our first lesson, Floating Head.  We will drill a hole in the block and paint it black.



In Lesson 1, you will learn to create cool little full head that appears to float atop a cube. I call these fun figures FLOATING HEADS.  You will learn how to create a clay head with a party hat!  We will also add some fun collage to his face and paint him with a limited palette.  I will also show you my trick for making this head appear as if it is floating!  These make fun little additions to any shelf, table, or window sill!




Lesson 2 is called WALL HEAD!  I have made several renditions of WALL HEADS, and these can also make any wall stand out and grab your guests' attention!  These can be created in all sorts of shapes and sizes!  In this lesson you will learn how to sculpt the wall head out of clay, add teeth, paint it, and decorate with feathers!  As with any piece, you can really get creative with these and I can't wait to see all of your renditions in our FB group!



Our third lesson titled WALKING HEADS.  In this lesson you learn to create a head with legs.  If you took FAT AND HAPPY BIRDS, the legs on these characters will be familiar to you.  These friends are often a big roundish body, with legs, but I like to add different features to make each one unique.  You will learn to paint the face and add a tongue.  I will also show you how to add a message, collage, and feathers.  Again, the sky is the limit with these quirky heads.   I can't wait to see what you create from this lesson!



Our fourth lesson is titled BLOCKHEAD, and this piece is so much fun to make! You learn to create faces decorating a wooden block. You can combine lessons to have the face on top as a full head and added like the floating head in lesson 1. You may choose to make your faces with or without expressive hands. You could also choose to create a cube with animal faces rather than human faces.  I will show you several different BLOCKHEADS that I have created, but I know, just as in other classes, students are going to be so creative and come up with new ideas!



We will have a bonus lesson as our final lesson!  This lesson is titled READ THE ROOM!  I will begin by showing you some examples of READ THE ROOMs that have been created by me, and others.  Then, I will begin by demonstrating how to create the room space, and share ideas to make this piece super unique!  These fun, mixed-media pieces can be framed and hung on the wall!   There are tons of possibilities with this lesson!



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I began taking online art classes, met Kara Strachan Bullock, and took almost all of the workshops she hosted at her local studio. I was in heaven to have this new friend and later her wonderful studio located less than 20 minutes from home! I also continued online courses and one had a particularly awesome affect on my art journey. It was taught by Jeanne-Marie Webb called "the soulbearers". I would never in a million years have expected to fall in love with sculpting clay! When working with clay I felt peace and joy unlike anything ever before experienced. I have not put it down in four years and continue to find great pleasure in creating with clay. It is my 'go to' art medium. I create purely from the heart having had no formal sculpting education and somehow I am afraid to pursue the art of sculpting in a formal way because I am afraid it would ruin the freedom with which I create. I hope to spread the joy of creating in clay, something that young and old, beginner and experienced can enjoy. I hope you can experience the feeling I heard in my granddaughter's comment recently when she said, "Grandma, I am so happy making this (clay sculpture). It is the most wonderful thing I have ever made."


This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  It may appear long but you will have most of the items around the house and will only need to order a few things.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 


Tools and Wire


  • Permanent (waterproof) fine liner in size 0.2 or 0.5 or similar. I use UniPen but there are many other good brands
  • Paint, any acrylic paint you like. I use golden in these colors:
    • Titanium White
    • Titan Buff
    • Red Oxide,
    • Raw Umber,
    • Payne’s Gray,
    • Yellow Oxide or Yellow Ochre
    • Prussian Blue
    • Mars Yellow
    • Black
    • I am using transparent shading gray (Golden High Flow Acrylic) a lot lately!

***Your paint can be heavy body or fluid but be sure you at least have white and black in fluid. A new color that I seem to use in EVERYTHING is Matisse Australian Ghost Gum, and I am also loving Jo Sonja’s warm white, sapphire, olive and vermillion. These are the colors I am using but you do not need to get them all. Just use what you have.

Paint Brushes:

  • Paint Brushes - Blick Scholastic brushes are cheap and work well, include detail and mid size. Here are some I like:

Other Supplies:

  • 3 Wooden cubes (approx 1.75 in cube)
  • Papers for small bits of collage like text and eyes
  • Feathers in your favorite colors - I hunt for them on Etsy.  You need at least 6, 3 for two projects
  • Ball tool stylus
  • Uniball signo uni-ball signo broad point gel marker
  • Matte Medium
  • Newspaper
  • Small piece of sand paper ( 220 or 330 grit)
  • Masking tape (lots, get a good sticky one, I use this)
  • A few round tooth picks
  • Paper towels and/or baby wipes
  • Wax Paper
  • Foil
  • 2 large size zip lock bags
  • Small fine mist sprayer for water
  • Rubber gloves, the thin type if you can wear them
  • Rolling pin or craft roller for clay or brayer roller
  • xacto knife with blade
  • E-6000 glue (amazon)
  • Good white craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Tracing paper (only used for bonus project)
  • Straight edge
  • Small alphabet set
  • Permanent black stamp pad
  • Container for water
  • Regular drill or dremel drill with 3/32 in bit

**For Bonus Lesson: Bristol or hot pressed watercolor paper on the heavy side (140lb or heavier) I like watercolor paper best. You just need about an 8 x 10in size more or less


  • potters wheel is very helpful but not necessary: I use this one: https://www.dickblick.com/products/amaco-no-5-decorating-wheel/ 
  • Dust mask (recommended for sanding)
  • Winsor & Newton professional spray varnish


**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account and go through the purchase process (even if the cost is $0 for a free course).  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY be available under “LOGIN” at the top right-hand of karabullockart.com.

**If your course does not show up, please email us at karabullockart@gmail.com

**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


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