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Striking Impressions

Press cool textures into Crayola® Model Magic. Cut creative shapes. This multilayered wallhanging will WOW everyone!

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Ask students in the class if they have ever noticed wallhangings displayed. How are they used? As decoration? As historical rememberences? Provide a wide variety of Internet photographs of wallhangings. Ask students to consider how geometric shapes are used in these art pieces. Invite children to experiment with creative modeling techniques to design a unique wallhanging using Crayola Model Magic.
    2. Instruct students to cover their work area with recycled newpaper. Provide them with Model Magic. Students begin this process by rolling out bright colors of modeling compound into various thicknesses. With plastic dinnerware, incise designs in the surface. Cut Model Magic into different shapes. Remove shapes, such as triangles from the center of pieces, and make holes in those shapes. For uneven edges, tear away sections.
    3. Layer pieces on a thick base of Model Magic. Overlap some of them to create rough or flowing terrain. Bend shapes to mold them to each other. What visual effects can you create by layering different colors?
    4. Find interesting objects to create textured impressions in the Model Magic. Press patterns, varying how deep and close together these are pressed.
    5. Make small balls, ovals, or snakes with colored Model Magic. Press or flatten them on to the construction. Add texture to them, too.
    6. While the Model Magic is still damp, poke a hole in the base with a drinking straw. Or embed a large paper clip in the back. Air-dry for at least 24 hours. Thick pieces may take longer to dry completely.
    7. Display student artwork prominently in the classroom. Provide an opportunity for students to gather informally and discuss their final products.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to grade level topic or subject area.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    MATH: Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

    VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

  • Adaptations

    Students collaborate with a partner to plan a Striking Impression using the coordinate plane. Students use all four quadrants to plot and color-code the artwork. Students write directions for another classmate to replicate their artwork.

    Rather than pressing textures into the modeling compound, students push textures out of it. How do the results vary with the different approaches?

    Students investigate the origins and history of the word impress. Explore its various meanings, derivations, and uses in English. For example, at one time sailors were impressed into the English Navy. Students explain this an other varied meaning of the word. Seek out other terms that have had various meanings throughout history.


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