We talk about Gargoyles on Medieval cathedrals, especially those on Notre Dame. We talk about the purpose and characteristics of gargoyles (rain spouts / scare away evil spirits). Then I introduce the clay! The kids start with a basic pinch pot. After that they are free to use their imagination. My only requirement is that their gargoyle has a big open mouth.
The pictures are of our last group of gargoyles. The gargoyle by itself (the purple guy) is my class example.