MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture

Students use Model Magic over an armature to create a sculpture of a hybrid creature that represents them. 

Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 4 to Grade 8

Subject

Art Techniques
Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

armature colour detail embellishment form freestanding imagination sculpture texture

Materials

18 or 20 gauge wire Googly Eyes and Other Embellishments Crayola Model Magic

Steps

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step One

Step One

Choose an animal, or animals that you think reflect some of your charateristics. Make a plan drawing of the animal with your human head. You may want to download some source pictures of the animal from the Internet.

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Two

Step Two

Brainstorm words that represent the qualities of the animal and of you. Write the words around the drawing. Write notes about the design of your sculpture.

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Three

Step Three

To make the armature for your sculpture you need to imagine what the finished animal will look like. The armature is a like the skeleton of your hybrid creature. You will build the creature over the skeleton using Model Magic. To form the main part of the body bend a piece of wire in half. Form a loop at the bend.  

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Four

Step Four

Twist the wire around a few times. This will be the head of your sculpture.

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Five

Step Five

Figure out how long the body will be and twist the wire at the spot where the legs will begin. Take another piece of wire for the front legs. 

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Six

Step Six

Twist the wire around the neck.

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Seven

Step Seven

Bend and twist the wires to make legs.

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Eight

Step Eight

Work with the wire armature until it is the shape you want. Make sure it can sit on the table without tipping over.

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Nine

Step Nine

Decide on the colour for your sculpture. To make a pale colour always begin with a big lump of white Model Magic and add a small lump of the colour to the white.

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Ten

Step Ten

Mix the two lumps together until they are blended. If the colour is not what you want keep adding to the mixture until you are satisfied. Make sure you mix enough to cover your whole armature.

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

Cover the armature with Model Magic making it thicker than the armature and adding details. The armature will make the sculpture stronger and support the Model Magic until it dries.

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Twelve

Step Twelve

Add embellishments and any props for your sculpture so it makes a statement about you. 

MYTHOLOGICAL ME – Model Magic Sculpture - Step Thirteen

Step Thirteen

Allow the sculpture to dry for several days.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a freestanding sculpture using Model Magic and an armature;
  2. Include details to represent aspects of their own personality; 
  3. Develop a list of personality traits for their sculpture;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

  1. Have students create a graphic myth story using their sculptures as the main characters. Encourage them to base the character’s behaviour and way of speaking on their personality traits. Have students tell their stories in a storytelling event that they organize.

Prepare

  1. Gather information about hybrid creatures.
    Human-Headed Hybrid
  2. Download some images of mythological hybrid creatures from the Internet, for example,
    Bestiary
    Anubis
    Christopher
    Kinnorn
    Shedu
    Sharabha
  3. Download the Form poster available on this website.
    Form
  4. Gather all the materials required for this lesson.
  5. Make a wire armature sample and pre-cut two pieces of wire so you can demonstrate how to make it.


 

Introduction

  1. Display 2 images of different sculptures side by side. 
  2. Notice the different materials used for each work.
  3. Talk about what is interesting about each piece, and compare them, for example,
    - use of texture
    - the human and animal combination
    - personality of each piece and how it is achieved
    - body language and how it makes us feel about the figure
  4. Make sure students support their ideas with evidence found in the work. The VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) approach uses an effective question that guides students to be precise in their thinking, "What do you see that makes you say that?"
    VTS
  5. Place students into groups of about 4. Provide each group with 2 new images and ask them to compare them in their groups. After a few minutes ask the groups to share their ideas with the whole class.
  6. Introduce the challenge

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a freestanding sculpture using Model Magic and an armature.
  2. Include details to represent aspects of your own personality.
  3. Develop a list of personality traits for your sculpture.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  5. Discuss your ideas and support them with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Once students have completed their plan drawings demonstrate how to make the armature.
  2. Guide students through the steps in this lesson. 
  3. Observe students as they work. From time to time ask them to stop and view their work from a bit of a distance so they can see it with 'fresh eyes'.
  4. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Display all of the sculptures in a central location.
  2. Ask students to gather in front of the display and to look at the works thoughtfully.
  3. Ask them to find an interesting thing about any 3 of them.
  4. During the discussion include references to:
    Personality – how the artist has communicated ideas about the figure's personality
    - Technical accomplishment – carefully constructed work
    - Creativity – unique qualities about each piece
    - Conversations – what might the figures be saying

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - MYTH.tracking.sheet.pdf)
  3. Have students use the MYTHOLOGICAL ME self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - MYTH_self-assessment.pdf)