We were gifted A LOT of Model Magic. I wanted to work on expression with my 4th graders, and thought they could do a fun expressive face using Model Magic. The students loved it, and I felt like they turned out pretty good. I prefer "real clay", but I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth!!! Each student received one pack, and were instructed to set aside 1/4 of the Model Magic for additions to their face (hair, ears, jewelry..etc). We used clay tools & pencils to help in their creating. I also gave each table a styrofoam tray with a wet shammy square. If you have any questions, please ask in the comment section!
February 19, 2023
Artists have an amazing ability to create what originally was only a thought/idea. In the process of bringing something to life, the artist may need to make minor and/or necessary changes. This is part of creating. We are use to seeing our vision carried out to fruition, and we will do what is needed to make that happen. This is often how we approach the rest of our life as well. We feel if we can imagine it than we can make it happen. However, it doesn't always work out that way. There are times what we imagined just doesn't occur. This can be frustrating, depressing, and even "soul" crushing. We get caught up in things going our way, and when they turn out different than expected we struggle to see the good in the unplanned outcome. The thing is...even great ideas fail or don't turn out like we thought they would from time to time no matter the effort & tenacity of the individual. We will not ALWAYS get our way or be able to make our plans happen. A different outcome can be the very thing we needed to grow as artists & people! It may allow us to see our original plan was not actually the best, or what we learned from the struggle proved to be a vital in creating something better than imagined.