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Pretty purses and bulging backpacks and all around us! Design a distinctive bag with special features to accommodate a specific purpose. Sculpt your designer bag using Crayola® Model Magic® Modeling Material!
Purses and handbags have been a necessity long before the days of famous designers like Louis Vuitton and Gucci. The use of bags can be seen in ancient Egyptian artwork and paintings throughout history. Why would ancient cultures need bags? What purpose did bags serve before cell phones, house keys and schoolbooks? Organize a variety of text and electronic resources for students. Invite small groups to research examples of how bags and purses have evolved over time.
Once students have finished their research, ask them to imagine they are designing a new bag! How would you decide what features to include in the bag? Who would use the bag you design? What would they carry in it? Plan your bag design on a sheet of white paper using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Use Crayola Model Magic Modeling Material to sculpt the design you created and bring your bag to life!
Students build an armature for their bag designs with recycled cardboard. Carefully cut the cardboard into shapes that will become the bottom and sides of the bag. When cutting the cardboard pieces, keep in mind that the finished bag will be slightly larger than the armature. Attach the edges of the cardboard shapes together with clear adhesive tape to form the basic shape of the bag design.
Students place recycled newspaper over their work areas. Cover the armature with a thin layer of Crayola Model Magic, pressing gently with fingers.
Flatten a small handful of Model Magic on a hard surface, like a table. You can also flatten Model Magic with a rolling pin or by gently rolling a Crayola Washable Marker over it. Mold or use scissors to carefully cut the flattened Model Magic into pieces slightly larger than the armature. Drape the pieces over the armature like fabric to form the front, sides, and back of the bag. Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together.
Bags can be enhanced with designer features! Roll long, thin snakes with Model Magic, and twist or braid them together to add an attractive accent over the seams of a purse. For a stitched look, attach a very thin Model Magic snake to the bag and press into it with the tip of toothpick. Make quilted textures by pressing tools, like a craft stick or fork, into the Model Magic.
Encourage students to be creative with their designs! Try blending or swirling Model Magic colors together for exciting effects. Embellish bags with added flare like buckles, jewels, and beads.
Store bags in a safe place for 1-3 days until dried completely.
Provide an opportunity for students to share their bags with small groups of classmates. What details did they include in their designs? Why did they make these decisions?
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