Chinese terracotta head
Chinese terracotta army head made by kids at
Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon
To make a head like the ones the emperor buried in his tomb, build it out of clay. It will use less clay if you make an armature - a core made out of something else. You might use a balloon, or crumple paper into balls and then cover them with tape.
Other activities:* Paper-making
* Making a compass
Art in China (Oxford History of Art Series), by Craig Clunas (1997). Not specifically , but a good introduction to the spirit of Chinese art. Warning: this one is not arranged in chronological order. Instead, it has chapters on sculpture, calligraphy, and so on.
The Incredible Story of China's Buried Warriors, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (1999). For middle schoolers, about the terracotta army figures shown on this page. Great reviews!