Character Bust


  • Clay
  • Duncan Cover-Coat Glazes: Arctic White, Baby Blue, Walnut Brown, Black Brown


  • Sponge
  • Aluminum foil
  • Newspaper (to cover work surface)



  • 1. In literature, there are many characters found in writing. These characters are protagonists, heroines, heroes, and other support characters that make a story interesting. The reader is connected to a character by written images that we find familiar and can care about. A book that is powerful and enjoyable has a good, believable, and strong analysis of a character or characters. The first possible lesson could be to read a book, analyze the character in the story and then create a bust of that character. The second possible lesson could be to create a bust and then write a character analysis to use in a story of their own writing.

Educational Objectives

  • 1. Expand connection between art and other educational genres.
  • 2. Learn to write a character analysis.
  • 3. Build a bust using character analysis.
  • 4. Develop confidence in art by exploring principles of design.
  • 5. Develop a sense of process, tools, and materials.


  • 1. Share historical bust images.
  • 2. Provide examples of best available character analysis and read story examples.
  • 3. Build a bust prior to the lesson for use as an example.
  • 4. Pre-draw possible ideas, at least three drawings to help start project.
  • 5. Discuss the process and present timeline for the work.


  • 1. Three-dimensional: having height, width, and depth.
  • 2. Subractive: refers to sculpting method produced by removing or taking away from the original material.
  • 3. Structure: the way in which parts are arranged or put together to form a whole.
  • 4. Sculpture: a three-dimensional work of art either in the round (to be viewed from all sides) or in base relief (low relief in which figures protrude slightly from the background).
by Toby Ritenour for Duncan Enterprises
Character Bust
Character Bust