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Gruffalo art activities – Make clay sculptures inspired by the story

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Years 1-2


Try these Gruffalo art activities and transform Axel Scheffler’s illustrations into 3D by making clay tiles and sculptures.

Every sculptor needs a muse and there are few more inspiring sources than Axel Scheffler’s illustrations. Julia Donaldson’s books have become essential texts for early readers. The accompanying images are beautifully drawn, richly detailed and intensely colourful.

There’s a huge amount of technical skill on display, yet the images have an almost effortless spontaneity that children can’t get enough of.

Gruffalo art activities learning objectivies

  • Draw inspiration from illustrations by Axel Scheffler
  • Experiment with creating a range of marks and textures in clay
  • Develop techniques for manipulating, moulding and carving clay

Robert Watts is the programme convener for the MA Art, Craft and Design Education programme at the University of Roehampton. He’s co-author of Teaching Art and Design 3-11, published by Bloomsbury. Browse more KS1 art ideas.

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Gruffalo art activities – Make clay sculptures inspired by the story
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