SCULPTING MYSELF – Medicine Wheel, Physical

Students reflect on the physical aspect of the Medicine Wheel, and what they do in their own lives to keep their bodies healthy, then use Model Magic to create a 3-dimensional figure of themselves.

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SCULPTING MYSELF – Medicine Wheel, Physical


  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers
  • Crayola Multicultural Broad Line Markers
  • Pipe Cleaners - 2 per person


Step 1
  1. Begin with a circle and divide it into 4 equal sections.
  2. Label each of the quadrants.
    - In the east is spiritual energy (our spirit);
    - in the south is emotional energy (our hearts, our feelings);
    - in the west is physical energy (our bodies, our actions);
    - in the north is mental energy (our thoughts, our thinking);
  3. Focus on the physical aspect of human beings.
  4. Imagine an activity you enjoy doing outside with your physical body.
  5. Draw the activity in the physical quadrant of the medicine wheel.
Step 2
  1. Brainstorm words and images connected to the physical aspect of your life.
  2. Use a variety of shapes to express the physical area of your life.
  3. Reflect on what you need to do to keep your physical body healthy.
  4. Choose an activity you love to do, an activity that helps keep you healthy.
Step 3
  1. Begin the human form by using 2 pipe cleaners to create an armature.
  2. Fold 1 pipe cleaner in half to make the body and legs.
  3. Twist the second pipe cleaner into the top of the first one to form the neck and the arms.
Step 4
  1. Cover the pipe cleaners with Model Magic (modeling clay) to form a human body.
  2. Make sure your human figure is balanced.
  3. Once the pipe cleaners are covered, attach the head using a small round piece of Model Magic.
  4. Smooth together all the lines and seams where pieces of Model Magic are connected.
Step 5
  1. Use a variety of markers to add skin tones to your figure.
  2. Imagine what you look like when you are involved in your physical activity.
  3. Choose different colours of Model Magic to make hair and clothing.
  4. Add the Model Magic to your figure.
  5. Continue to cover your figure in clothing that represents the activity you enjoy participating in outdoors.
Step 6
  1. Add detail to your figure using markers.
  2. Change any area on your figure that you are not satisfied with by adding Model Magic.
  3. Create details on your figure that have a personal connection.
  4. When you are satisfied with your sculpture allow it to dry for about 3 days.
  5. Once it is dry you can glue it to a small base of cardboard, wood or stone.
    - It will be light enough to support itself once it is dry.
Step 7
  1. Reflect on the figure you have created to represent yourself.
    - How does it feel to be physically active?
    - What do you enjoy about the activity you chose?
  2. Use a small strip of white paper to write about what makes your physical body feel healthy.
  3. Share your sculpture with your class explaining your personal connections.
Illustrated Crayon Character