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My 8th graders are finishing up a study of the European Middle Ages and have
been fully engrossed in creating miniature castles with Sculpy 3. We
discussed castles (and their characteristics and what it would be like to
live in one) and watched the "Castle" video. I passed out lots of castle
pictures to refer to. After demonstrating how to use and work the plastic
clay and looking at a few samples from the previous year, they were on their
*They started with a base on which to situate the castle. Then details: a
moat, trees, etc.
*Then walls were rolled out(one student found that a Crayola marker makes a
great rolling pin, just turn the clay over often, so it doesn't stick to the
table) and cut to size
*then towers,the keep, a gatehouse, drawbridge. etc.
*then some added special touches: a dragon, a knight, flags, etc.
I encouraged imaginative use of color. Each class (15+) had one sampler of
Sculpy to share with any scraps from the previous year. The works measured
approximately 3x4x4. Even students who rarely like any lesson I present said
that I finally gave them a good lesson. Most results exceeded my
expectations. Try it!
Brattleboro Area Middle School
Brattleboro, VT ---------