Character Bust

By  Toby Ritenour  for  Duncan Enterprises

size: 6"

  • Character Bust


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


  • Sponge
  • Aluminum foil
  • Newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • Focus
  • 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.
  • Preparation
  • 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.
  • Vocabulary
  • 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).