Fantastic Beasts Taxidermy 

By Maria Saracino 

Polymer Clay Artist

Class Starts: October 11, 2020

2 Day Class - $37.00









Class Description


Class Format: PDF and video

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In this tutorial you’ll have fun creating your choice of realistic, whimsical or fabulously fantastic beasts from your imagination. This step by step guide combines PDFs, templates and video lessons to help you create a trophy wall of beasts from the imaginary to realistic sculptures of your pets. Just to make it more interesting, Maria throws in a little extra fun with some trivia.

Learn how to prep your wooden plaque to support your sculpture and different painting techniques.

Using various templates provided, learn how to create your foil armatures and how to shape and fine tune the features of your fantastic beast.

Working with polymer – Maria covers everything from the basics of working with polymer clay; different tools available; different techniques for smoothing clay; creating the illusion of fur; supporting or strengthening appendages like ears and horns; different horn techniques; and finally the finishing details.

I am excited to bring this class to you through the Art Connection Summit!

Techniques Taught In This Class

Daily Lesson Plan

Day 1:

Prepping wooden base and creating foil armature.

Layering and blending clay. 

Setting Eyes and creating the snout and face shape of your beast.

Making horns.

Texturizing and detailing the sculpture.

Adding color and painting details

Assembling and adding accessories (optional)

Day 2: 

Creating Pet Portraits.

Applying some of the techniques from day one to creating portraits.

Texturizing and adding colour and shading to maximize 3D dimensions. 
Pet accessories.

Maria Saracino is a polymer clay figurative artist. Her work has been featured in magazines and books in Canada and the US and has been included in three museum exhibits. She has won multiple awards for her figurative sculptures and is currently the Canadian product ambassador for the Polyform Products company. Maria is also the president of the National Capital Network of Sculptors and her work includes promoting polymer clay as a fine art medium in galleries and museums.

In addition to her realistic and whimsical figurative sculptures and portrait commissions, Maria also teaches private and group workshops in her home studio and through art galleries in her area.

Her  polymer clay relief murals  are permanent installations at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.  Her online courses are available through AforArtistic or through her website.



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