We also make class self-portrait beads. This is teaching them very simple faces and hair canes with color layering (which works for fur too). These techniques build to a more complex "people" bead toward the end. It varies by the studio- it can be a pirate, a gnome a fairy or a mermaid. Your choice.
Some of the other beads we make include a seashell with a ruffled lip, a cupcake with a butterfly perched on top, and the students also pick from some small 3-D items that I bring, and translate that into a bead as well.