Saturday, February 9, 2008

What a Relief!

I have been having a lot of fun with my homeschooling art class. It's been a challenge to keep everyone interested, since they range from 3 to 14 years old. I highly recommend bas reliefs for anyone doing a group like this.

Side View of reliefs

Bas relief is a form of sculpture designed to be viewed from the front. It usually rises from a flat surface, like a wall, creating interest when light and shadow fall across it. They are often used in architecture. You can read more about it here.

Our bas reliefs are made using Crayola Model Magic. The great thing about Model Magic is that it dries quickly. The bad thing about it is that it dries quickly. I've learned to keep some plastic baggies handy to wrap the extra clay in, so that it doesn't dry out before they think of what they want to make.

Art Class-more reliefs
Every child came up with interesting ways of using the clay. I encouraged them to incorporate textures and color into their sculptures. I use watercolor or water based markers on Model Magic before it dries. I learned it holds the colors better that way. Just don't use too much water, or it will take days to dry. These reliefs were set on paper for photographing. Bad idea. Wax paper would have been a better choice because when they dried they needed to be peeled away from the paper.

Art Class-bas reliefs

As you can see, we had an wide range of ideas. Sierra was one of the kids that made lots of valentine hearts. Marina's is on the lower left corner of this picture. Chase's is above hers. It didn't film well because of the lighting and the dark color. It's a really nice bat in a cave. I'm proud of all the homeschoolers. They did a wonderful job!


TobyBo said...

I have never used that clay... looks like I ought to try it out!

I especially like the blue mask.

Soutenus said...

This is fabulous! I cannot wait to try it.

Eric Novak said...

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Tammy :):):) said...

Yes! I love that art really can span several age groups... another good one is different types of resists... wax and food coloring like on Easter eggs...colors under black and you scrape off the black... and there are others. Nice masks!

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