Squiggle Sculpture

Squiggle Sculpture lesson plan

Sculptures can be fun as well as serious. Create a delightful Squiggle Sculpture with Crayola Neon Model Magic®! Can you balance the squiggles?

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    Did you know that Pablo Picasso used bicycle parts for one of his most famous sculptures? This Crayola Model Magic® Squiggle Sculpture may get you started along the same artistic path!

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    For inspiration, find several samples of famous and interesting sculptures on the Internet using Web sites your teacher has selected. This sculpture is fun to make by yourself, with a partner, or in a small group! It’s a great way to get to know your classmates.

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    Pick colors of neon Model Magic that look interesting together. You could even add a little white or black as cool accents! Roll out long skinny strands (a little thinner than your pinky) of each color. Roll the strands into long curls and swirls by propping your sculpture on or inside a base such as a paper cup or bowl. Air-dry your sculpture overnight.

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    Choose a fun Model Magic color to make a base for your sculpture. Roll a thick slab of it on wax paper. Press a plastic cup into it to cut out a circle. Very carefully, push the ends of the dried squiggles into the base so they stand straight up. It’s OK if the squiggles tangle up. If some pieces break, just lace pieces into another spot. Attach loose pieces with a dot of Crayola School Glue.

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    Air-dry the sculpture before moving it to your in-school art gallery! Display it with a detailed written description of the sculpture. Use as many of the art elements and principles of visual organization as possible in your description.


  • Using computers to research, students will demonstrate that they understand and can use media.
  • Children work cooperatively to create a unique visual arts presentation.
  • Students write a detailed description of their own visual art using the art elements and principles of visual organization as a basis for their comments.


  • Invite other classes to admire your work! Write invitations, select docents (tour guides), and ask visitors to sign in to your gallery!
  • Work in cooperative learning groups to create one sculpture. Each person chooses one color to add to the sculpture. Or combine several smaller sculptures to form a large one on a huge base!
  • Many sculptural artists incorporate math, art, science, and social studies in their work. Find out more about artists such as Bathsheba Grossman, George W. Hart, Elizabeth Catlett, Etta Winigrad, and many more!
  • Younger children and those with special needs improve their fine motor skills by rolling the Model Magic into long snakes. Children can help each other tangle them into a balanced Squiggle.
  • Assessment: Ask children to become art critics of their work. As a group, talk about what an art critic does. Ask children to reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others. Use art elements (line, shape, form,