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Sculpey Summer Fun – Archive Post

I was going through my summer art archive posts and stumbled upon one of my favorite summer art activities for children.


Sculpey Projects

This clay is not like your typical clay that dries out if you don’t use it all right away. It’s flexible and easy to form into lots of fun projects like beads, animals, and pots. It remains pliable until you bake it. Our family has created many things with Sculpey and I wanted to introduce you to or remind you about this product.

sculpey projects


Here’s the link to my original post about Sculpey: Sculpey Projects – Great Summer Fun.

If you’re looking for a book to use along with your Sculpey, I just found a good one at our public library: Clay Lab for Kids by Cassie Stephens. This book has a section on using polymer clay and shares some fun and even practical projects you can create. I have added a link at the bottom of this post.

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 Sample Collage

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 plans include a unit on using polymer clay. The book I suggest as the resource for those projects is called Polymer Clay by Irene Dean.

However you decide to use Sculpey this summer, I know you’re going to enjoy some creative time with your children.


Please note these are Amazon affiliate links to products I have used and love.

Calder Art – Finny Fish Sculpture Project

During this last year of high school,  my aim with Mr. B has been to offer him lots of different media to work with as part of his art credit and not just the same old paints and markers. As part of our study of Alexander Calder, we are working with wire to make a sculpture much like you see in this piece called, Finny Fish (National Gallery of Art).

Source: via Barb on Pinterest


I love the free-form nature of Calder’s work, the movement of the pieces, and the colorful interpretation of the fish with its sparkling stones and other bits.

Source: via Barb on Pinterest


Calder considered his artwork to be “four dimensional drawings” which really describes the way his pieces move in the air and seem to be full of life. After viewing several pieces online, we got started.

I purchased two kinds of wire for the project:

Aluminum Sculpture Wire – 14 Gauge

Aluminum Wire – 18 Gauge


Mr. B used the idea we found online to sketch the basic shape of the fish on a piece of paper to use as a sort of template. This worked well and he had no trouble using the wire to make the outline of his fish.

Then he was ready to embellish it with some bits and pieces we had on our craft shelf. I pulled them all out and he just experimented until he found things that worked. We decided that the fish needed a stand of some sort and Mr. B created one that would allow me to set the sculpture on a shelf in our family room.

Here is what I took away from this project: Tinkering with the wire, shapes, and other bits was relaxing and very right brained. Also, it was a project that came alive as you worked on it…the wire and embellishments created problems which needed solving and in the end the piece just sort of came into being.


I love that.


Important Links:

Calder Wire Portraits

Calder Wire Sculpture – Fish

Nice Article about Calder’s Finny Fish

This entry was submitted to the Homeschool Showcase!

Sculpting Heads from Model Magic

One of our goals this year was to add in a few sculpting projects for Mr. B as part of his modern art study. I scoured the internet for ideas that I thought would inspire him to take a few chances and have fun at the same time. Sometimes I forget that high schoolers need the chance to stretch and grow when it comes to art and I get stuck planning the same old things over and over. This year I have tried to do better at allowing the opportunity for new directions.

Our first sculpting project was inspired by this Picasso Heads project I found at Do Art! I tried to find a foam head at a reasonable price and was not successful so I had the idea to use Crayola Model Magic to make the head instead. Mr. B has not worked with this product before so it was fun to watch as he got the feel of the texture. That is one thing I like about Mr. B….he is always willing to experiment and try something new.

Finished Sculpture titled, The Bad Hair Day. Love the hair!

I gave him the link to the Picasso Head project and told him that he could adapt the idea to make his own version. He started off thinking about Picasso’s style and in the end he said it sort of changed into a sculpted version of Munch’s, The Scream.

It was a fun project and now he knows what it is like to work with Model Magic. We may plan  few more projects this year to finish up our bucket of clay.

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