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Calder-Inspired “Stabile” Sculptures

Alexan­der Calder, Amer­i­can sculp­tor and inven­tor of the mobile, also invented the “sta­bile”, a free­stand­ing sculp­ture with sim­i­lar qual­i­ties to the mobile. Since his sta­bile sculp­tures are quite large, many are installed out­doors.… so we “planted” our sta­biles in florist foam com­plete with grow­ing grass to get the full effect! Mate­ri­als: 4 Pipe clean­ers in […]

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Paper Sculpture Inspired by Alexander Calder

This won­der­ful sculp­ture was cre­ated at my last Teacher Work­shop.… I don’t know who to give credit to, so if this is yours, please let me know!Alexan­der Calder (1898–1976) was an Amer­i­can artist who was born into a fam­ily of artists and sculp­tors and became one of the 20th century’s most influ­en­tial mod­ern artists. He […]

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Toothpick Sculptures — 3D Pyramid Stars

Kids love any oppor­tu­nity to work in 3D and are sur­prised to dis­cover all they can make using just tooth­picks and some mod­el­ing mate­r­ial. After prac­tic­ing a few basic forms, let their imag­i­na­tions run wild and see all the cre­ative ideas they can come up with! First, let’s begin with some basic vocab­u­lary.…Tetra­he­dron — a pyramid […]

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Animal Sculpture with Air-Dry Clay

Kids LOVE using clay, maybe more than any other art medium, yet most schools and homes do not have a kiln for fir­ing. If this is your sit­u­a­tion, don’t let this stop you from shar­ing the expe­ri­ence of work­ing with clay with your stu­dents! Cray­ola Air Dry Clay is a good alter­na­tive to the traditional […]

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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 […]

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Catch of the Day” — Ceramic Fish

Clay fish plat­ter by Alli­son Kids love clay! There’s just some­thing about get­ting your hands cov­ered with mud that kids can’t resist! Clay is a great medium for learn­ing about tex­ture and form, and its pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. Here are my direc­tions for this fun fish plat­ter.… a per­fect sum­mer project!Direc­tions:1. Draw a fun fish […]

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