For every year I've taught these art classes I've always incorporated self-hardening clay for our last lesson. The first year I taught with the class I pretty much let the participants explore the clay and I went around and helped them with whatever they wanted to make.
The next year I was excited to teach with clay again and decided I better do a better job making sure I had a more solid lesson planned. Enter this really neat lesson I found on Kinderart.
I came prepared with pictures of superheros and Disney characters that the participants could look at to design their head after. This lesson turned out So awesome! I was really proud of everyone's work.
This one's Batman:
(This might be my favorite) This is the Hulk:
And here's two Sheriff Woody's:
After a week of drying we painted the heads.
I loved how they turned out. Here's my group of artists.