Model Magic 

Pre-k –  🎨

Elementary – 🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨

Junior high – 🎨🎨🎨

High school – 🎨🎨

Inspired by Wayne Thiebold’s body of work creating commentary on idealized and stereotypical American culture.

An example of one of his painting s. Note the vibrant colors and thick luscious oil paint used.  The impasto is remenescent of the icing itself.

Our task was to create a visual narrative with the model magic that is inspired from a childhood memory revolving around food. Food is an important part of any culture and the taste and smells are strong cues for memories good and bad.

 Model Magic is great. It is bright and easy to work with. However it is a little pricey. Also, it does dry out and become difficult to work with rather quickly.
  Maquette cupcake and spoon.
  Fried egg on toast (with a plate) Peep maquette.

Quick maquettes of potential final product.

Maquette- term used in 3d design, french for scale model, a small rough draft of an unfinished sculpture.

My peeps. The peep on the right is a good example of what happens when you work with model magic that has started to dry. It shows a lot more cracks and is not as malleable. It was probably sitting out no more than 30 to 40 minutes.

The following is my quick write up of the memory that inspired my peep project.

Memory: When I was growing up – and quite honestly up until a few years ago- my mother would always buy us (my siblings and I) a package of of Peeps each year for Easter. It may be odd, but we always thought that stale Peeps were much better than fresh out of the package Peeps. So on Easter we would open the packages, maybe eat one or two, and then wait like a week to eat the rest because that is when they really got good. I can’t help but think of that when I see Peeps in the store at Easter time, eating them a week after Easter with my mom.

Classmate’s work:

Jenny’s Pizza. 

And Sam’s amazing popcorn. 

Things to consider when leading this lesson:
-Designing and thinking in the 3rd dimension.
-Color choice, what kind of colors can be achieved with model magic (mainly bright colors, earthy naturalistic tones are more difficult to achieve with the bright colored substance.
-Scale. Will you attempt to make things to scale? Smaller? What effect can you have with either?


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