Feb 11, 2014

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Great Giveaway: Who Wants Free Sculpture Materials!?

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner KeelinM who gave a great tip about using easter eggs in the classroom! 

Hip Hip Hooray! Today our friends at Blick Art Materials are giving away a plethora of sculpture materials valued at over $100.00! It’s the perfect way to try out some fun new materials. Read on to see what’s in this fun set. Click on the name of each product for more information.

100 Sheet Package Roylco Double-Sided Cardstock

This thick card stock is great for paper sculputure. See a project idea here.


20 x 30 Sheet Taskboard®

Architects use this material for 3D renderings. You can cut it with scissors and wet it to form it around cylindrical shapes. When it’s dry, it retains it’s shape. Because it’s a bit touchy, this material is better suited for older students. See a project idea here.


175-ft Coil 3/8” Flat Basket Reed

Although this material is great for basket making, you can use it for so much more. Soak, bend or bind it into many different shapes using staples, glue or twine. Or, use your imagination to come up with something totally unique! See a project idea here.

basket reed

16-oz Jar Jacquard® Fabric Sculpting Medium

This versatile sculpting medium can be used with a variety of materials and in a variety of ways. Dip or coat strips of fabric, felt, paper towels or other soft material before wrapping around wire armatures, draping over mask forms or even covering cardboard supports. Draping over a bowl gives you another cool option.

See a project idea here.

fabric sculpting medium

5-lb Bag Blick® Carve & Cast

Mixing two parts Carve & Cast with one part water makes an instant maché medium that adheres to almost any armature material including wire, newspaper and balloons.

carve cast

Amaco® Balsa Foam, 9″ x 12″ x 1″ block

You can carve this soft material with wood, plastic or wire clay tools. It works best when sealed with paint or a clear acrylic medium.

balsa foam

Dura-Lar, Heavy .015” Film

This is a clear, rigid film that can be cut with scissors, then formed in hot water or draped over a bowl and heated in a 250°F oven . When cool, it retains its shape and can be painted with acrylic paint or designed with permanent markers. Blick recommend this for making Chihuly-style sculptures.

See project idea here.


Armature Wire, 12-gauge, 350-ft coil

This wire is soft and easy to work with, yet sturdy enough for making figure sculptures and armatures.




To Enter

1. Comment below and tell us your most favorite non-clay 3D Material to work with. One entry per person.

2. NOTE: Be sure to sign in with your email address or social account when you fill out the comment form so that we have a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner.

3. This giveaway will be closed Friday, February 14th at Midnight, Central Time. The winner will be chosen by random.org. This article will be updated announcing the winner on Sunday, February 16th.

Good luck and happy sculpting!

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  • Pamela

    Paverpol or plaster. Love how both pick up textures.

  • Mallory

    My juniors and I made packing tape sculptures last year and they had a BLAST! But I must admit, I am intrigued by the fabric sculpting medium you featured…

  • Pamela Haas

    My kids love using wire to sculpt.

  • Clara Crosby

    We use cardboard, tape, and pipe cleaners most often.

  • Emily Valencia


  • Katie Morris

    My favorite sculpture material is “green” and free- cardboard!

  • Christy Matthews

    My favorite sculpture I ever created was a giant stapler that was partially buried underneath the earth. It was made completely out of cardboard. I created it my freshman year at college and carried it around for the next 5 years through at least 5 moves and my mom telling me to trash it. I’m not a clay person and would love to bring a non-clay sculpture to my classroom other than cardboard (which I already do-couldn’t let it go!! Haha). These materials look fun and easy to work with! Yay for art!

  • Katie Schaefer

    I LOVE found object sculptures, but I am setting up a sculpture center in my art room and definitely need to expand the offerings. All of these materials seem so fun to experiment with!

  • Denise Chonski

    Absolutely wire! Students imaginations really take off with so many possibilities!

  • Rebecca Martin-Meissner

    Because of budget constraints, I usually use a form of paper for everything from bas-relief, room models, masks, and more. I love to take new materials and experiment with them along side my students or add it as a new twist to what I am already doing!

  • Lenker Sheryl

    We use Celluclay for making snowmen and penguins.

  • Danielle Seikaly

    Hands down is Armature wire! It is so easy for the kids to bend and get shapes out of. we use it for everything, from hanging 3D objects to creating contour masks!

  • Debbie Akers

    Packing tape has been a blast for my students this year. My seventh and eighth grade students worked on collabrotative life-sized clear packing tape sculptures last semester. My new classes are looking forward to their chance to create theirs. This is my first year with my students and they are loving trying new creative processes.

  • Lisa Thomson-Baker

    Found objects. Repurposed materials. Cardboard

  • Carl Ankenbrand

    as a child I built model cars out of construction paper. I loved it.

  • Carrie

    Love to use paper to create lots of 3D things.

  • Rose in Vt

    I love showing students how to take all the paper from the recycling bin and make pulp, and then create fun 3D artworks! Even the 6th graders are impressed with their results. This giveaway would be a blast to share with them!

  • Theresa McMurtagh

    I cannot say that I have one favorite medium when it comes to sculpture. My kids love wire, plaster strips and paper. But oooooo, I want to try that fabric sculpture medium. Could be fun!

  • Jamie Pettit

    Plaster strips….you can use them over an armature of aluminum foil or masking tape…..you dip them in water to activate, then smooth them on, and you can paint once they have dried and hardened. I have made Oaxacan animals with my fifth graders like this and they loved it!

  • Jodi Youngman

    I enjoy using wire hangers with a nylon over them to create an organic shape.

  • rsmelko

    I love to use aluminum foil in my classroom for sculpture. I use foil with my upper elementary grades to create figures, it is a teacher and student favorite project!

  • Da art lady

    Pop bottle creatures! Also trying cement this year………wish me luck!

  • Teresa D. Euken

    I would have to say one of my favorite non-clay sculpture http://mrseukensartmooseum.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/dale-chihuly-chandelier-wow/

  • Rachel

    Good old fashioned paper mache made with flour.

  • Kaci Smith

    We did a “Vegan Taxidermy” lesson with wood, wire, newspaper, Paper Mache, and dry wall compound….the turned out awesome!!! I have an octopus tentacle with an eyeball at the end of it that watches be everyday from above my door…a product of “Vegan Taxidermy!” I love mixing media!!!!

  • ArtCLassWithLMJ.wordpress.com

    Found objects – not just talking sculptures that can be put together with different things but taking those found objects like bottles, plates, etc and transforming them into something completely unrecognizable and purposeful.

  • Ingrid

    I like working with plastertape, and paper mache. If I had unlimited time, I would do Dan Reeder’s monsters with my older students!!

  • Megan

    I love working with recycled materials like cardboard, papier-mache (sometimes I use gummed paper tape to reduce mess), etc! In fact my 8th graders trickling in at the moment are about to work on this type of project! :)

  • troutgirl

    I love using plaster gauze for masks and puppets! We are working on Greek Mythology puppets using the plaster gauze and African Folk Tale masks. the kids love getting messy and it dries so fast that it is easy to store.

  • Zach Morrison

    Up until recently I’ve not had a kiln, so any clay was air-dry. I have had to use non-ceramic materials for a few years, and have to say my favorite project was a Chihuly-inspired plastic bottle chandelier. I also really like cardboard because it can do so much! This year we got into some plaster gauze for a few projects. I liked it, but it was quite a mess. I definitely have some better ideas for next time.

  • Amy Olszanowski

    Assemblage/Found object sculptures, paper mache, carved plaster…

  • Art_GottaLoveIt

    I use plaster gauze for masks and have created Chihuly inspired sculptural lamp using plastic water bottles. We also use various found objects. Thanks for the materials and lesson ideas!

  • doug davis

    Like most elementary art educators, I have a small budget. Clay is not always an option when I’m teaching students different sculpture techniques and methods. Therefore, I’ve come to realize the most interesting sculptures can be made from the most basic of materials (i.e. cardboard, wood scraps, paper, wire, etc.) I like the idea of recycling. Any materials that I can re purpose are preferable to purchasing more expensive ones.

  • Anna

    I collect a ton of recycled objects…my favorites are paper mache, tinfoil, wire, plaster strips, yarn, paper towel/toilet paper rolls and so on… It’s always fun to see what others are making out of recycled materials!

  • Andi Cates

    I love collecting junk and creating sculptures like Nevelson!

  • Heather Kent

    my absolute favorite (non-ceramic) material is paper mache. It’s easy to use, cheap, uses recycled materials, and is amazingly versatile, especially when combined with other materials and painted with layers of acrylic washes to create depth!

  • Tim Norton

    I love to make paper tubes using old art supply catalogs and bamboo skewers. The student roll thin paper tubes we hot glue together to make 3 dimensional sculptures. Some put a skin of tissue paper on them that we tighten with a misting of water and shellac.

  • Angie Howie

    I like using found objects such as wire, blocks of wood, even pantyhose and turn them into various abstract objects. Thanks for the contest. I always love the chance to get free things for my classroom since I have a very low budget.

  • kathy hanson

    I love all these materials. They can be used together or in different projects. How exciting!!!!!!!! Thanks

  • Karen Rader

    I love sculpting using any media. I love to incorporate recycled objects and found objects into sculptures, doing so helps you to look at everyday objects as the next art project. It’s fun to start with different objects and see what they develop into.

  • allthingsfee

    I would say I use a lot of recycled materials. Love my Panty Hose, Wire Coat Hanger, block of wood, Chuhily scullpture lesson!

  • Chelsea Carr

    I like using paper mâché and recycled materials!

  • Anne Eckenroth

    My favorite non-clay sculpture material is cardboard…I get tons every year from my supply orders, I just cut up the boxes and save the pieces in a stack. The kids work in pairs to create the most amazing 3D forms with it, and the best part is, its free!

  • hjarrett

    My students and I are loving “Sculpt-a-mold” it is very similar to plaster and paper mache. We have a number of small and large sculptures! Good luck to everyone this is super generous!

  • Richard Reichenbach

    I go to various woodworking shops and collect scrap wood of all shapes and sizes and have the students create abstract sculpture by gluing then painting the pieces. We also explore architecture and they create their own architecture. This works well with younger students grades pre-k to 3.

  • Christy Humpal

    Found materials – repurposing ‘junk’ is my favorite :)

  • Kathleen Walters Gronostajski

    Recycled materials are the best-plentiful and easy to come by for large classes!

  • Lisa Abbassi

    My favorite sculptural project for my 6th graders are Wire Trees. I have very limited storage space at my school so these trees are perfect. They usually are between 10 – 12 inches high. I have a field day in the jewelry section of our local craft store. I buy different colored wires: red, blue, green, pink, gold and silver. I also buy a wide variety of beads (and this year a student requested feathers!) Every year gets more interesting because I have left over supplies from the year before. The students start with a handful of straight 18″ wires and, after conceptualizing a color and movement theme, they begin wrapping their straight wires with the colored wires. They attach their embellishments as they go. Part of the project is also finding an interesting base to attach their tree to: a pinecone, an agate, an interesting rock etc. The students love this project as do their parents and classmates.

    • Karen Gonwa Culbreth

      this sounds like a great project! love wire and the electrical contractor across the street from school is willing to donate wire to the art room here1

  • revonda baker

    With my younger kiddos, I love creating “recycle robots” using anything that we can hot glue/glue together into the cutest robots! We then spray them with silver or gold spray paint to give the metal look! With my older students, we create the pantyhose and clothes hanger sculptures that are painted with metallic acrylic paint….I even did this project when working with ART on Wheels, a relief art program that helped after the Joplin tornado.

  • dragonfly

    My classes enjoy working with Plastercraft. They enjoy the ease of use and that it dries fast and is ready to work with in most cases for the next class period.

  • Elaine Giles

    I am in my first year of teaching art. I am amazed at all the techniques for sculpture. All my students love anything that becomes 3D! I have to say paper mâché has always been a favorite! I look forward to using some of the materials above!!!

  • Nicola T

    Cardboard. I have found it an easy material to get and versatile.With my students we have created 3D objects completely out of cardboard. I have also done a project creating cardboard relief tiles for a collaborative mural project.

  • Debbie

    As a “Green School” I have found assemblages of found objects to be my favorite sculpture materials to work with. I include a contemporary artist or artists in all my lessons. In addition, I integrate the academics and other school curricula into all my lessons because it makes learning more meaningful to students. I wish I could share visuals of my students’ projects with you here. The words don’t do them justice. Some examples of materials we’ve used in assemblage sculpture projects include styrofoam, electrical wires, old clothes, unwanted costume jewelry, shoes, cardboard, wood scraps, old toys and game pieces. I provide materials, but students are also responsible for collecting their own bag of unwanted objects for their sculptures (possibly objects that have meaning to them but that they have outgrown).

  • Mary L.

    My students love to use plaster gauze and wire for sculptures!

  • Kim Correro Fandel

    I use cardboard most often, but the kiddos love paper mache’.

  • Ashley Fournier

    I love making paper sculptures. I teach the children all the different ways to add texture to our paper and how to glue them to make a ‘roller coaster’ for an ant. They love that idea and it’s a great way to create something three dimensional with a lack of formal sculpting material.

  • Karen Dyra

    I love making 3D paper sculptures and forms with my high school art students!

  • Karen Gonwa Culbreth

    my students love using plasterwarp over anything! latest has been puppet heads over balled newspaper. I love the ease of cleanup and the projects always come out great!

  • Jennifer Patterson
  • Heather Ramos

    I love working with papier mache. The kids love getting messy and it is really cool to see them take a flexible solid (newspaper) and turn it into something that has a definite solid shape and feels super hard! Plus you can do so much with the surface when it is all done…paint, glitter, yarn, the possibilities are endless!

  • Julie Murphy

    My students, who come from a very diverse population in an inner city school, absolutely love working with plaster gauze to create an impression of their face. They layer it and then smooth it with plaster. On this, they design and paint symbols that show their interests, dreams and cultural heritage. We are just beginning a unit on the work of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton, who used sculpture materials and found art objects to beautify his urban neigbhborhood, starting a community-wide art project that includes painting, sculpture and installation art to create a colorful, vibrant neighborhood that the community take pride in. Our classes plan to do this in areas of our school and neighborhood that could use some creativity and color! We have begun to work with found objects and these sculpture materials would be so helpful in putting them together in an artistic, interesting way!

  • Lindsey Ingram

    Cruising the aisles of thrift stores helps me find fun and unique items that inspire one of a kind sculptures. Adding wire, wood, beads, silverware, paint…. The sky is the limit to grow a 3D piece.

  • Jamie Sible Miquelon

    I use plaster craft to have my students cast their hands. They then have to use their hands to create a sculpture that expresses a quality of themselves.

  • Brenda Jackson

    Ooh definitely the colorful paper. I saw a post on Pinterest how students can create Angry Bird sculpted characters. My students are obsessed with Angry Birds. Ooh they would be in art class heaven. These sculptures will then be placed on display for our yearly art show as we celebrate Youth Art a Show.
    You Gotta Have ART!!!

  • valerie

    I love using plaster. I can pour it for subtractive works or layer it on an armature with soaked rags or place it in plastic bags and form it into a Hepworth or Moore styled piece. I would buy the gauze strips every year if I had the budget-so convenient and versatile.

  • marilynpeters

    Personally I enjoy working in glass and fibers. My students seem to like all types of work. Those who like additive methods thrive when working with assemblage and even clay building. The kids who like working subtractive methods like balsa foam, wood and stone carving. Most of them like to create wire sculptures–I have even my intro class do wire sculpture when we are discussing line in art. Clay is always popular and they are enjoying glass for the first time this year.

  • Jeni Griggs Yantis
  • Purposely Designed

    i love the Balsa foam. We used this this summer in teacher training and I feel in love with it. It is super easy to use and manipulate and produces great prints.

  • S M Kipp

    Found materials to make containers big and small.

  • Vicky Siegel

    I love paper sculpture! But all of the above items would be perfect for my students with visual impairments!

  • Beth Hazard Bachuss

    Mine is cardboard. My students measure shoes, double the measurements, and make giant cardboard shoes that are eight times the size! I wish I had some of that cardstock because they are doing 3D typography now with heavy watercolor paper.

  • Joanne Atkinson

    Paper for sure!!! It can be used so many different ways:)

  • Donya’ Burlock Easterly

    love making paper sculptures, especially with my 15 year old artist.

  • laurie

    I love wood and wire! Something just so fabulous about working with hard materials.

  • Susan C
  • http://voyagerpaintbrush.wordpress.com Kelli

    Wow, all those materials look fabulous! My favorite sculpture materials a=include wire and plaster strips, learners can create almost any shape they imagine and then add paint or other mixed media to complete their forms.

  • Jane Ruestmann


  • Jill Willis
  • Patt Fagnani

    Paper mâché is always a big favorite with my students(and me). It is cheap and forgiving! Always fun!

  • Mike Hadfield

    I like to have students work with plaster gauze material a lot lately. Using cardboard, wire, bottles and all sorts of other materials as the armature base.

  • Laurelee MacHale

    All of the materials are amazing. Sculpting is by far my student’s favorite. The Dura-Lar is the bomb. It’s been awhile but I love exposing my student’s to Chihuly art. I take some time to show him working in videos as well as his amazing work. Then we create. The best part is having kids tell me they noticed his work in Vegas. Maybe someday I’ll get to see it too.

  • sarah

    This year its my ancient Greek inspired paper mache vases with 6th graders that is my favorite. Instant connections to core, impressive product and am just loving the use of “amphora ” and “hydria” I am overhearing in table conversations.

  • Stephanie

    I like to have my high school students cut up pop cans. Once you remove the top and bottom and then cut a straight edge, they are not sharp at all!

  • Brigitt Dottavio

    My favorite non-clay sculpting material would have to be any found objects that can be assembled together! Nothing is more exciting then watching students transform everyday objects into something new and exciting. I first discovered my love for this type of sculpting when I was in college and I made a giant hershey’s kiss out of syringes as a statement piece about diabetes!

  • Amy Whealdon

    Love wire sculptures, paper mâché, and tag board sculptures!

  • Lisa

    I love recycled art sculptures! Possibilities are endless when you supply students with all sorts of random objects, cardboard, glue, and paint!

  • Diana Villadolid

    I’ve used this with 7th graders. Wire (coat hangers work great) that is bent into organic shapes and then hot glued into a piece of wood that has two holes drilled into it to accept the two wire ends. The leg of a stocking is then slid/stretched over the shape (securing at bottom of wood). Gesso the whole shape then paint when dry. Use in conjunction with color harmonies, tints & shades, or an artist’s style or technique.

  • Haley Robinson Bryant

    I love using telephone wires. They are colorful and easy to manipulate.

  • Jordan Burrier

    My favorite non clay sculpture material is wood. In class I like to use found materials and wire!

  • Kendall Gamelin

    I love papier mache with newspaper and Elmer’s paste. Also, my kids love working with Twisteez wire!


    I was using wall plaster for some of my 3dimensional projects but when I discovered the SCULPTING MEDIUM , it opened miles of more successful projects. The kids loved the consistency…and workability of it…We have made the TAJ MAHAL and ST MARK”S and some dynamic CAVE ART WALLS. These projects were all mixed media…
    Thank You for helping us make ART MORE FUN.

  • Stephanie Sareyani

    i love cardboard,any kind of cardboard. I love to recycle and find different ways for students to use it in projects.

  • Stephanie

    I love using found/recycled objects for sculptures. It really challenges the students! Last year my favorite creation was a fish out of plastic spoons and knives.

  • deb

    We use a ton of recycle materials, nothing gets thrown away. My art club had a blast make in robots out of boxes,paper rolls and plastic containers and if you’ll excuse the pun, it makes them think outside the box.

  • http://j9sopinion.tumblr.com/ Jeanine H

    Our favorite material we have just started getting deeper into creating with is actually paper. All different types, sizes, shapes, weights, textures, and uses. Plus, anything cardboard seems to mesh well together for our groups hands. Thank you for sharing the project ideas in the links as well. Look forward to having more fun trial and errors with new materials throughout this new year!

  • Joules Newton

    A simple sculpture my 6th graders in my Art Thru Cultural Studies class make are Ojo De Dios (God’s Eyes). My 7th grade art class constructed a large sculpture after we finished our unit on Dale Chihuly. We made if from chicken wire, PVC pipe, spray paint, water bottles, tissue paper and glue. We also made replicas of Chihuly’s chandelier and his vases. My 8th graders made wire and wooden sculptures after we studied Alexander Calder. We used 14 gauge insulated wire and log sections. Goode, Julie/My Teacher is an Arty Pants

  • Debbie Pulst

    Paper mâché, wooden shapes, found objects , wire and plaster craft seem to be my go to sculpture materials at the elementary level.

  • Christy Berry

    My students love using wire to make people. I often will have several extra students want to be in art class when we use wire.

  • Carol Hamrick

    My students love creating big food paper mache! We use cardboard, chipboard, craft tape, and lots of newspaper and glue and water paste! Then we paint and others are amazed at how realistic the food looks!

  • Kelly Eggleston

    I’m a big fan of making relief sculptures via balsa foam. You can do so much with it and it is easy for them to carve!

  • Melissa Lesser

    Recycled cardboard

  • Linda Knoll

    Wire is always great. Plus recycled stuff. Kids have the best time just diving into a box of stuff and gluing things together.

  • Linda lavin

    I love plaster gauze! Just starting a project with my high school students with it this week. They’re building armatures with newspaper, wire and tin foil then covering it with plaster gauze. Fun!

  • Victoria Smith

    Cardboard!!! It is usually free and can be used for tons of different lesson plans. I think I’m going to have my advanced class make 3D models using cardboard ….

  • Drew Williams Larned

    I love to reuse ordinary materials and have students transform them into sculptures and other works of art! Paper towel tubes, dollar store kitchen tools, hair bands, styrofoam curlers, plastic utensils…the more ordinary/mundane, the more exciting it is to see the transformation to art!

  • Jennifer Day Martin

    I enjoy all the benefits of various sizes and thicknesses of balsa woos. I have done leveled Mondrian hanging sculptures! carved fat pieces as tiki heads and even art history spoofed ornaments for Christmas! Love me some alas wood!

  • PRoth

    I like to use discarded materials like pieces of wood, cardboard scraps and tubes to make Louise Nevelson-like sculptures! These work well for group projects.

  • Anne Cameron Krenselewski

    Love paper mache and plaster laden strips to create molds of faces, arms, hands, feet….! Also I use lots of “one man’s trash” that has become “this woman’s treasure” :-)

  • Nanna Tanier

    I use recycled plastic containers, recycled paper towel rolls, tape, papier maché, and acrylic paint to make Yuan Dynasty vases with my third graders. I try to work out the timing in tandem with their social studies unit on China. We look at porcelain vases from the Yuan dynasty in art, discuss the cobalt blue and white designs (and the importance of cobalt at that time). The students draw their vase designs (front and back) based upon the Chinese meanings of various plant forms. The vases are constructed, papier-machéd, painted white, then painted with their designs in tints of cobalt blue. The kids love it! –Nanna Tanier

  • Belinda

    Wire is awesome! Recycled objects are great too.

  • Gretchen Dascher


  • Brandi Eaton Van Houten

    I love paper mache, and its most fun when you add little bits of treasure in it, twine, gems, stones, or textured papers.

  • Gretchen Dascher

    Newspaper, papier mache, and recyclables. It is so much fun to basically nothing turn into a piece of art.

  • Sandy auer

    Plaster strips!

  • Marcia

    Pink insulation foam, found at hardware stores, is a favorite material for relief sculpture. A thin coat of clear clear gel medium bonds pieces easily, and allows you to cut and sand while disguising the seams. And is there ever enough hot glue or armature wire? Of course clear packing tape is at the top of the list too, both for sculpture projects and creating body forms for sewing projects.

  • Mrswilcox

    I love to recycle materials, and also teach my kids how to make paper sculptures. This year the biggest hit was giving them pipe cleaners to make “stick” people with. Then they covered the pipe cleaners with aluminum foil and posed their people. They were really cute!

  • KeelinM

    I love to recycle things like water bottles, yogurts cups and so on. My favorite though is easter eggs! They make great eyes for masks if you pull them apart. Plus they are already fun colors and they can mix and match.

  • Mary Gallagher

    Colorful telephone wire.

  • http://cboggsart.com/ Charmaine Boggs

    For me, it’s paper mâché. We’ve made masks, birds, fish, and bowls, just to name few things. The students start with old newspaper over their armature made from balloons, recycled plastic containers, foil, depending the the form they are making. Once the newspaper layer is dry, we cover it it school grade brown paper towels to make a smooth outer layer. Acrylic paints work best with most pastes as tempera sometimes flakes off and after that the students can add details with whatever odds and ends we have on hand in the “craft closet”.

  • Jean O’Connor

    Wool is my favorite 3-D material to work. I love using colorful wool roving to felt. My kindergarden students have used wool roving to felt over soap bars, it was a “clean” lesson. I love stitching over wool, the feel of the needle is just great.

  • 2Dv8

    that super foam stuff you use to line your drawers. Makes great shapes and holds the glue well. You can also print with them.

  • mon

    Shredded insulation and paper mâché paste!

  • Stephanie Schick

    Paper mâché and chicken wire are my favorites!! Our school could use all of this!!

  • Sherrie S. Zwilling

    My students have made many amazing things from cardboard. I no longer have a budget and find this medium to be quite versatile and cheap.

  • Andrea Aeschliman

    Love the plaster gauze for mask making.

  • Sara Nash

    I too, use anything and everything in my NEW classroom. My boyfriend calls me the “trash lady”.

    • Sara Nash

      To be more specific- old CD’s, styrofoam, paper, yarn,

  • Ashley Hammond

    To be honest, sculpture is an area I struggle with due to financial and time constraints, but my go to materials are Twisteez wire, colored card stock, and Model Magic. These newly listed prize supplies from Blick would help me further explore ideas to bring into the classroom!

  • Adry

    Mine complain about cardboard and recycle materials…some suggestions ;)

  • rpatterson

    I think all art teachers are great at using recycled items to create any and all art projects due to little or no funding!!! One of my students’ sculpture favorites after clay is wire sculpture. The hard part is finding someone to give us phone wire!!!

  • Lindsey B

    My students really enjoy using floral foam. We carve out tiki sculptures full of expression!

  • Lauren Underwood

    Milk cartons from the snack room!

  • JoAnn Gusta

    I love doing paper mâché with my students and using all sorts of materials to make the armature such as wire, boxes, paper, etc. The kids love it and the possibilities are endless.

  • Kristine Venrick Blocker

    My students love making Chihuly chandeliers with plastic bottles and spray paint. We also use recycled cardboard and chipboard as well as butcher paper to make enlarged Pop Art wrappers! We love using plaster craft strips and wire to make Giacometti figures and masks. Twisteez figures and foil figures are very fun too!

  • Tess Hwang

    Cardboard boxes from the school’s recycle bin.

  • Joel Gargano

    Love to try the taskboard since i’m doing an architecture project using cardboard toilet paper tubes for our modeling.

  • Laura Pepera Wilson

    Paper, cardboard and recently plastic lids!

  • ms.seitZ

    I love plaster! I enjoy working with plaster because you can cast it, build it, carve it, and mold it!

  • Lynn Beck
  • Betsy Tornatore
  • Maureen Kandray

    I love coat hangers and rags and plaster of paris or sculptamold. I also like , card board and aluminum cans( for highschool) they can be cut and crunched and reassembled.

  • Jen

    Sculpey…love it!

  • Pinky Pop

    We use tons of recyclable materials like newspaper,paper rolls,cardboards…it’s earth friendly and cheap! and oh…plaster of paris! 6th grade teachers donated some and it’s great!

  • Glen Marshall

    Papier mache with shredded paper and glue and water. It is very creative! Very moldable and formable. You can apply it directly to a newspaper armature and it is less tedious and boring than the old strips of paper method. It dries hard and can be sanded and painted. And it is recycled and cheap! The only thing purchased is glue. Newspaper is donated or sent brought from home.

  • Amy

    I use recycle/ upcycled materials too. My student’s always look forward to their year to create found object robot sculptures (low relief). We use mostly metal objects (or metal colored objects) and Alene’s tacky glue does an amazing job of holding the items to the cardboard or matboard background. As well as holding the metal pieces to one another.

  • M Mucci

    I like to use the plaster/gauze material for puppet making. The Dura Lar film looks like fun to use and I also love the Roylco double sided cover stock!

  • Miia Vick

    Paper mache and cardboard are our favorite items to sculpt with.

  • Terry Scutro
  • Denyse Cohen

    Papier Mache is a great free form, organic medium.

  • brittany

    My favorite is the Blick® Carve & Cast! I love papier mache and the students love it!

  • Angela

    My middle school classes do a project called “Trash Fashion”. They make clothing andaccessories out of recycled materials. The kids love it, and learn life skills like sewing with needle and thread! We are also having a fashion show!

  • Linda

    Every year my 5th graders cannot wait to make plaster masks- it’s an art class tradition now and has to be my favorite project! It’s so messy and so much fun to create plaster details like unicorn horns, wolf noses and ears, elephant trunks, mustaches and beards, etc. When discussing Leonardo da Vinci, we make flying machines from found wood scraps and boxes of wood pieces- I love doing this as much as my students who are so creative!

  • Tera Morriss

    wow…such a hard choice. I would probably say chipboard…it has so many different uses… I love the stuff… and it is so much easier to work with than corrugated cardboard…

  • Andrea Johnson Newman

    My favorite is Model Magic and pipe cleaners.

  • Ross Roadruck

    Cardboard and plaster! Both end up looking nice with a bit of paint.

    My 8th grade students have enjoyed the challenge of creating wearable cardboard sculptures so far this year. Definitely a challenge but some great results!

  • Ms. Gina

    I like using tissue rolls.

  • Ardie

    I like papier Mache with a balloon as the armature with poster or tag board, newspaper on the things as need to help with the formation of the art piece.

  • Debbie Haugen

    I teach art at school to children aged 5 through 10. They love to use recycled materials of any sort. They also like pipe cleaners, pieces of matte board, and wood scraps. They don’t like paper mache though; it makes their hands messy! So funny.

  • katgirldu

    I work primarily with pre-k. Besides clay, my favorite 3-d material is cornstarch packing peanuts! So easy for any age to build with immediately and experience success! Just tap one on a sponge and it sticks to the next! And, older children love them too — once I had an eight year old construct a replica of the classroom skeleton, roughly to scale. Hats, boxes with lids, animals…mustaches that will stick to faces…a GREAT reward day for k-8. Or easy lesson plan for the one-off day, to fill time or before a break…most 3-d work takes.much longer. Can be frustrating. Cornstarch packing peanuts are immediately satisfying!

  • katgirldu

    Sorry. Pre-k through k.

  • Angi

    Love using wire (Twisteez for younger) and recycled materials. So adaptable to a multiple of quick creative sculpting ideas!

  • K Hyman

    I love to sculpt with the wire and plaster strips. Also old fashion paper mache with newspaper and paste. Also use the twistee wire to create small “people” for action sculptures.

  • Andrea

    Wire is my favorite in the classroom. It leads to so many great creations.

  • arteach13

    I love using Dura-lar. It’s so easy to use. We make Chihuly inspired sculptures. However, I’d love to try out that fabric sculpting medium. Haven’t tried that before.

  • Tracy

    Soft wire for making armatures for puppets and figures along with cardboard and other upcycled materials is a favorite in working with community/intergenerational art projects.

  • Terry Goss

    My students LOVE paper mache and plaster imbedded gauze, with paper mache they created their own folk art out of anything recyclable and with the plaster gauze they use re-useable masks. These items have allowed us to explore cultures all over the world.

  • Kari Volk

    my classes love to use recycled items donated by teachers to construct large armatures. Then we rip up their old practice sketches to reuse as paper mache.

  • Yehudis Lewis

    I like using unconventional materials, specifically things on find on the street.

  • Jenny

    I love to use wire and beads to create kinetic sculptures. Thanks for the great giveaway!!! Hope I win!!!

  • Lindsey H

    I love pom poms… I can’t help it!

  • Colleen Haley

    This year the go-to sculpture material is- CARDBOARD. After moving at the beginning of the school year and from all the supplies the teachers ordered for the new school year, there were cardboard boxes everywhere. I spent a couple of hours cutting down all the cardboard into various sizes and organized them to help the kids find the right piece for their sculpture. My kids made a big frankenstein for the halloween dance, a boom box, homes for their stuffed toys, a dragon, a boom box and more. All the kids seem to love it and ask constantly if cardboard is open. The great thing is its free!

  • Susan

    I love doing Dale Chihuly-inspired projects with my students, as a 3-D lesson using another material, other than clay. So, the DURA-LAR film would be a wonderful material to use with my students for these types of projects!

  • Don Kennedy
  • Colette Alexandra

    With younger elementary students I like using wire hangers from the dry cleaners to make Calder-inspired mobiles. With the older students, they stretch them into circles to create looms, onto which we weave with yarn and recycled/found materials.

  • Cori
  • Mary Burch Vacek

    I love starting my sculpture unit with a little background information on Henry Moore and leading right into the plaster carving. The high school students love getting their hands into this one! I have 180 students I see every day so supplies are in high demand but short supply!

  • Laura S.

    After clay, my hands-down favorite is cardboard. It can be used in so many creative ways, is free or very cheap, and it’s abundant. It can be used by itself or in conjunction with other materials like paint, plaster, and paper. Fantastic stuff.

  • kelsey gerveler

    I love working with plaster wrap, you can do lots of things with it and one roll seems to go a long way!

  • Cathi Mutimer
  • Rachelle Reis Branum

    wire and paper mache

  • Dani Tuttle

    My students LOVE plaster gauze. One of my 2nd grade students recently said “This stuff is so easy and fun!” We were wrapping up cat “mummies”.

  • Melissa N
  • jessica leach

    “trash/TREASURE”. I bring in all my recycled goods such as food boxes, shoe boxes, regular boxes, milk containers, paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes, q-tip boxes, phone books, plastic bags, etc. This keeps my classroom full of things that students create sculptures at their free will when we have extra time after lessons. I like to keep a stack of it in the storage room so the students can get creative on their own, with their own ideas. I also feel good about recycling in such a creative way. WIN/WIN situation for me, students, and the environment!

  • Rick Green

    Given that our Art Dept. has had a Zero-Dollar budget this year, we have been using “Discarded/Found Objects” to create absurd sculptures akin to Marcel Duchamp & the Dada Movement Collective with conceptual ideas from the Fluxus Movement. Some students overlaid newspaper commentaries/headlines/ internet articles, on the object-sculptures to make socio-polital commentaries on the ideas of data transferring, stolen identities and cyber-bullying. Using varnish from the hardware store helps the sculptures come alive, with the addition of rolled wires, telephone /computer wires/rubber tires , etc. We haven’t had to look far as an inner city school to find discarded items, as they tend to end up in the street around our school. We’ve created some great sculptures of which I tried to attach some photos here but couldn’t . Anyway Blicks offer is soothing and truly a blessing to those of us who have no funding. Maybe we’ll have a bit of luck.It would be so very nice to have a bit of the Carve and Cast/Sculpting Mediums/Paper/Wire in order to build sculptures with “true” sculptural materials.

  • Liz Clark

    I teach 3D at the High School level. We do a jewelry unit. I wish Blick sold metal. Paper mâché is also fun and so scrap and versatile.

  • Laurel Halstead

    No matter what age I have taught (k-12), I always enjoy teaching any type of origami projects or yarn projects.

  • Pamski

    Plaster bandages for mask making, kids of all ages love it

  • Dee

    We use a lot of cardboard, plaster gauze and found objects. I would like to have a nice selection of different kinds of wire to use for some ideas I have.

  • Sarah

    Paper Mâché is one of my favorites. We make recycled creatures with miscellaneous materials.

  • kulteech

    love my fiber.

  • Sandy Block

    Since my budget from the school is $0. I have the kids save box tops and that is my budget so it varies but I usually make enough money for the basics. For 3-D it is all donated newspaper, cardboard, cereal boxes, egg cartons, etc… We can do some amazing things with these: Robots, Confetti Paper Mache Bowls, etc.. I am hoping to get wood to cut into block, wire, and panty hose so we can make some Free-Form Sculptures. Love to use what ever we can get our hands on. ;)

  • Peg

    My favorite sculpture project is making animals out of scraps of wood that I get from woodworkers and the shop teachers. The students then paint and decorate them. We sometimes do Fauve style animals.

  • Meredith Cosier

    I teach in a title one school, and my constant overall focus is building those gross motor and manipulative skills. My favorite 3D material is paper. From K to 6, I teach hands how to “draw with scissors,” bend, curl, score, cut, fold, connect, and build 3D from flat paper. My kids create free standing sculptures, masks, scenes, hanging sculptures, and artist books- from paper scissors and glue alone. It takes time, and my storage is a train wreck (on a cart), but the kids get so much confidence from open building and use critical thinking regularly.

  • Janet Hall

    I like using paper and recycled materials.

  • Audrey

    My BD High Schoolers would love to express positive energy sculpting and making 3D designs! The more diverse the materials, the more interest is shown.

  • pink hat

    Most children in grades K-4 still like getting their hands messy so we often make a simple playdough with flour, salt, oil, and water. The mix is very inexpensive without food coloring and the creativity is endless!

  • Dan Ng

    I was introduced to a new favorite just 2 months ago. PLEXIGLASS. Anyone can get sheets of it at the local hardware store or salvage it from discarded poster frames. It can be bent, formed and molded by softening it with a heat gun. It isn’t the easiest to handle right off the bat (and I’m still new at this), but it is so cool to finish with a solid sculpture that is so transparent I can’t stop looking at it from every angle.

  • Barbara-Jill Winter-Vitale

    My favorite 3D project is one I call recycled endangered animals. Student fine an endangered animal and using only recycled materials they build their animals.

  • Denise Pelosi

    Hi: I am in a title I school system and we are very economical and environmently conscience. We use the cardboard that holds the fruit in the case that the children get for lunch. It looks like an egg carton only 12×18 and the children have painted pictures on them, used them for background on a wall for texture, to hold paint for painting, cut them up for sculptures and many other uses. We also use the cardboard the comes in the case of juice to separate the layers of juice. We are really into recycling. My email address is [email protected].

  • Hope Trifiletti Welch

    Gelatin- to make cool gelatin mono prints that can be turned into multimedia pieces!

    • Sybil Roberson

      hi Hope, I run a family art club/ how do you make these? or can you link me? face book name sybil roberson. thanks x

  • Megan Steinlage
  • Bob

    Cardboard and various recyclable materials work great for sculpture. Cut up some egg cartons, milk containers, and cardboard. Add some paper mache and paint to create a plethora of fun sculptures.

  • Dan

    Woo Art!

  • Dana Donaldson Frederick

    My students love cardboard and paper mache!! They have made everything from basketballs to eagles!!!

  • Guest

    My favorite project is totem poles with 3rd grade. We use large cardboard carpet roll tubes and lots of recyclable materials. However, lately I have received a lot of donated packaging tape and have a newfound interest in package tape sculptures

  • Courtney J

    As messy as it can be, I really enjoy working with papier-mache…My students use newspaper AND cardboard to create the armature, and after the sculptures are built, I love watching my students decide on colors and mix paints for when it’s time to paint the sculptures. In the future, I want to experiment and try different ways to “cover” the sculpture rather than just using paint. Maybe book pages? Yarn? We’ll see!