This is a great technique for any artist looking into experimenting with different mediums! The results are pretty awesome considering that it is done with crayons. I particularly liked the black background; It has a marbleized feel to it. Here are the steps:
This technique is a great way for student to learn about reliefs and helps them use their motor skills as they mold their clay. It's a simple process using model magic, a small canvas panel (I used a size 4x4, one for each student), glue, wood sticks for texture and paint.
1. Students begin by pinching off pieces of clay and shaping them into a desired shape. I showed them how using coils can help create beautiful designs. They also shaped other pieces into small balls, leafs and animals.
2. We covered the 4x4 canvas with glue and placed these shapes onto the small canvas by arranging them in an interesting way and making additional lines with the wooden stick for texture. Make sure to use plenty of glue so that the model magic does not fall off the canvas once it is dry.
3. The clay and glue need to dry overnight so we can paint it the next day.
4. We proceeded to painting the entire canvas using a turquoise colored paint as an undercoat, making sure to paint fully into the gaps. With a wet rag, we wiped the surface paint and then added the metallic colors where we wiped.
5. Finally, I added a coating of gloss modpodge for final sealant and protection.
1oz pk of model magic per student, 4x4 canvas panel, wood sticks, turquoise (or other color) undercoat paint, metallic paint (we used Prang Metallic Watercolor), wash cloths/rags, glossy modpodge
This is a fun and creative art lesson for various ages on Mola-like projects. Students get to create their own Mola using felt, scissors, and glue.
1. We begin by cutting out a basic animal shape. To do this, I had several stencils made out of different animals and made sure to keep the animal shapes as simple as possible; turtles, birds, fish. I had them trace the animal shape with a black marker onto a full sheet of felt and cut it out with the scissors. They placed it onto a full, uncut sheet of different colored felt.
2. Once students cut out their animal shape, we then cut out another color shape to cover part of the animal (we cut a big round/oval shape). This gives it some contrast and helps the smaller pieces stand out against the main animal.
3. Students get other pieces of felt of various colors and cut out smaller shapes such as squares, triangles, stripes and other interesting designs. They then place these shapes in an interesting pattern or arrangement on top, making sure to spread them all throughout the main animal. I have them lay out their shapes first then glue them into place.
3. I make sure to use plenty of Mola samples and explain to students the complexity of making a real Mola. I also teach them about the historical aspect and importance of the Mola for the Kuna women in Panama. This helps them be more creative in the process of making their design.
Felt sheets, scissors, glue, animal shape stencil for main animal, black sharpie
With over 10 years of experience as art consultant and full-life time artist, I've learned what works best for my students and how they can better understand, create and learn about a new art concept, topic or idea, especially when working with high numbers of students. I try to simplify my lessons as best as possible so that my students, regardless of age, are capable of producing a beautiful masterpiece!