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Clay and Paper Puppets


In this unit, students will explore character development and portraiture and create a three-dimensional paper clay, cardboard, and paper relief puppet.

Grade Levels




Theme/ Big Idea

We can convey character and expression through line, shape, form and detail.

Essential Question

How can you create a character using three-dimensional materials, including paper clay, cardboard, and paper relief?

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Materials and Tools

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Paper clay or clay
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper or cardboard cones


Jan Zulad, Castaway Driftwood Boy

Puppets from Mali

Facial Expressions

Making Paper Three-Dimensional


Written by Traci Talasco and Belinda Blum, Artist Instructors

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