Creative homeschooling means thinking outside the box, and in this case, using a box to create a Lewis & Clark inspired art project! It’s both fun and educational, but there are many reasons why this kind of hands on learning makes a difference.
Lewis & Clark art project is a fun way to help kids remember what they are learning. As you read information or watch a film about how these explorers made their way across the great divide – have them work with the clay and listen.
The act of sculpting, shaping, painting and creativity will activate their right brain power (the creative side) and the reading & listening to the facts and information will activate the left brain (the analytical side) so that both hemispheres of your child’s brain will be working hard. This results in better retention of material.
As you know, the human brain consists of the right brain and the left brain. The shapes of these two parts are similar, but differences have been gradually found in their functions. The left brain is also referred to as the digital brain. It controls reading and writing, calculation, and logical thinking. The right brain is referred to as the analog brain. It controls three-dimensional sense, creativity, and artistic senses. These two work together, to allow us to function.
As mentioned above – when you actively engage both brain hemispheres – your student is firing off more neurons & therefore remembers the information much easier.
Lewis & Clark – Our Sculpey Clay Project
Using “Sculpey” clay – which hardens only after baking – we shaped the characters of Lewis, Clark, Sacagawea & the newborn (John Baptist’- she gave birth to on the trail!) This does not need to be perfect. Allow your children to create in their own way. Encouraging them to stick with basic shapes will help. A simple ball will work well for the head, triangle or rectangles for the body, and so forth. The legs can actually be a square or rectangle – whatever helps them stand. The details can be painted on after baking.
We recycled an empty box to use for our diarama. After we shaped the characters, canoes, trees, axes, bow & arrows (or anything else the boys wanted to make to go along with the theme) we baked the clay in the oven according to the Sculpey directions. To save on clay when making our mountains – we used crumpled foil that was easy to shape and then covered it with a light layer of clay.
While baking, we laid out newspaper & prepared the box with paint. Paint on a river through the middle. Paint sky on sides if you like, and brown or green for the land.
Once baking is done & pieces have cooled – use acrylic pain to add features and color to your clay creations.
More Artistic & Creative Homeschooling Resources
This project is from our Sand Dollar Unit Study. What do Sand Dollars & Lewis and Clark have in common? Why, Washington Sound, of course! The study includes a state study of Washington. Find out more in our new Sand Dollar Unit Study. Includes science, bible, handwriting, history, geography, creative writing, spelling & vocabulary, art & more.
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