Art Demo ~ Crayola Model Magic

Here are a few scary (and sadly, out of focus!) mon­sters from a prod­uct demo I did yes­ter­day for Cray­ola, using their Model Magic mod­el­ing mate­r­ial. These imag­i­na­tive crea­tures were cre­ated by an 8 year old boy who couldn’t get enough of this stuff!

Before being asked to teach this demo, I always thought Model Magic was more of a pre-school type of thing, but after spend­ing a whole after­noon with it, I can hon­estly say I was wrong! Of course, kids of all ages loved it, but the adults were hav­ing tons of fun with it, too. Check out some of the cre­ative ideas they came up with.… every­thing from fin­ger pup­pets to sushi!

So, here’s what I like about Model Magic.…
1. It air dries overnight, so you don’t need to fire it or bake it.
2. It comes in sev­eral col­ors plus white and black, and you can mix your own “cus­tom” col­ors by knead­ing col­ors together. (If you stop knead­ing before the col­ors are fully mixed, you get a beau­ti­ful “mar­bled” effect.) If you work with the white, you can also paint your fin­ished pieces with water­color, tem­pera or acrylic paint, or color them with mark­ers.
3. It’s not messy, it doesn’t stain your hands and it’s non-toxic. Super easy to clean up!
4. You can stamp it or press tex­tures into it (note the “shells” above which were made by press­ing Model Magic onto a real shell to pick up its shape and tex­ture).
5. You can roll it out into a very thin slab using a Cray­ola marker as a rolling pin. (The smooth, round marker bar­rel is per­fect for this.)
6. To join sep­a­rate pieces, all you do is stick them together! (Unlike clay, which requires scor­ing and slip and then still some­times pops apart!)

Model Magic is soft, light and airy, almost like a marsh­mal­low, but not really. There’s noth­ing else quite like it. You can even cut it with scissors!

Of course it does have some lim­i­ta­tions. Once you open the pouch it comes in, you need to either use it right then or trans­fer it to an air-tight ziplock bag. It dries out quickly and I’m not sure how long it will stay mold­able once in the ziplock. Also, when it’s “wet” it will stick to paper, so you need to work on a smooth, non-porous sur­face. We cut open a big plas­tic trash bag and taped it to the table and it made a great work sur­face! Model Magic should be kept away from heat or flame, so don’t use it to make can­dle holders!

If you were work­ing with more than just a few kids (like a whole class), you might want to limit the col­ors for simplicity’s sake — maybe even just use white and let them paint it later. I can imag­ine lots of appli­ca­tions for this in the class­room.… orna­ments, pen­dants, pic­ture frames, book marks (on a pop­si­cle stick) and lots more.

Sum­mer is a great time to exper­i­ment with some fun new prod­ucts, so pick up some Model Magic and check out the Cray­ola web­site for tons of project ideas and les­son plans!! (The Model Magic Fusion looks like fun, too, but I haven’t tried that yet.… let me know what you think if you try it!)

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3 Responses to Art Demo ~ Crayola Model Magic

  1. Pink & Green Mama July 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    Cute sam­ples!! I used to make a “Rain­bow Fish” sculp­ture Project with my Kinder­gart­ners with the white model magic and we would water­color it when it was dry. You’re right though, it’s expen­sive and it doesn’t keep so I would have to be care­ful to only open what we could use that hour!!

  2. Amaco June 7, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    AMACO makes a won­der­ful prod­uct called Cloud Clay. If you’d like to try it let me know. You’ll be impressed with the product!

  3. TeachKidsArt June 7, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I haven’t seen that prod­uct yet, Amaco, but I would love to try it!

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