Learning about the World through Modeling

Sculptural Ideas for School and Home

Arthur Auer

Illsutrations by Elizabeth Auer



What a wonderful book! The author and illustrator have managed to combine a delicious array of modeling projects with a thorough discussion of the cognitive, social and personal benefits of the act of transforming a plastic material into an object of beauty.

You’ll find suggestions for modeling from first grade through high school and beyond (including – and I’m so very happy to see this spelled out and illustrated – the exercise of transforming a sphere of clay successively into all the Platonic solids!), beautifully illustrated and clearly explained.

In the second half of the book, you’ll find background information as to how modeling teaches about the world, enhances cognitive skills and develops human beings.


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