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“Creation of the myth“ of

Heroes of antique myths... from the salty test

From the salty test can be stuck together anything! For example, an illustration to the fairy tale or the antique myth.

of of Governors Mischa, 6, “Heracles and a hydra“, (1 place in younger group)
the Works made by our little artists for a competition on the best panel devoted to myths of Ancient Greece so were pleasant to parents and gave so much pleasure to children in the course of “creation“ that wanted to be told about it in more detail.

of Gerasimova Ania, 7, “Polet of Pegasus“, (the 3rd place in the senior group)
Everything began with development of the sketch. We looked at the most different images of antique gods and heroes - ancient and later. The treatment of a plot could be very different: stylization under the Greek sculptures or drawings on ancient vases; use of motives of great cloths of the European masters; the picture can be made and “realistic“, and simply - “animation“, it is the simplest - to copy motive from the book with myths, but it is uninteresting therefore everyone tried to think up something special.

then several occupations - molded

A, dried, painted...


A it is not so difficult to make such panel.


In - the first , of course, needs salty dough. It becomes simply: 2 cups of flour mix up with a salt cup where warm water is gradually added, and dough is kneaded until becomes rather abrupt and will cease to stick to hands. That dough became gentle and even more plastic - it is possible to add a tablespoon of vegetable oil. If the rough invoice is necessary - for example, for a molding of architectural details - to fill a spoon of dry wallpaper glue in mix of salt and flour.

Salty dough - material environmentally friendly, harmless, practically does not leave dirt, is pleasant for hands and gives such opportunities at a molding which are not during the work with plasticine, clay and other soft materials. However, it is difficult to mold “round“, volume sculptures from the soft, plastic test, the framework is necessary (for example, from a foil), but on the plane of a picture turn out remarkably. That is why we chose a relief.

of Popov Igor, 8, “Diomede`s Chariot“, (1 place in the senior group)
Second - a basis for a relief. We bought all children an identical thin wooden framework - 20õ25 in size. Parents cut out houses on a piece of a hardboard which was densely framed. All details of the picture become stronger directly on the fleecy party of an orgalitovy plate and, as a rule, strongly stick to it after drying.

Third that is necessary - tools: a wooden board and a small rolling pin for a test raskatyvaniye, rather sharp knife for cutting, toothpicks, scissors, a chesnokodavilka, a grater. A different trifle for decoration of works: sticks, branches, beads, pepper - peas, a carnation and many other things.

, at last, when the ready relief dries out (on it 7 - 10 days are necessary) - paints, a palette, brushes, say, the same, as will be necessary for

I for usual drawings on paper. The panel undersigns, since a background, from large details to small. Then work is framed and becomes covered by a varnish.

the set of receptions, simple and difficult by means of which pictures from the salty test turn out interesting and different, unlike at each other Exists. On examples of our “myths“ I will try to tell about some of them.

of Vakhova Lisa, 7, (the 3rd place in the senior group)
Children very much like to represent

“Pegasus“ this winged bulletin of Parnassus and the inspirer of poets. This work is made simply - the horse figure fixed on a hardboard. It is the easiest way of creation of reliefs - without scenery, without excess details. For a list and a background and a figure decorative acrylic paints - they are used and gave such surprising effect of clouds - both transparent, and fluffy.


of Ryasnaya Alina, 8 years
Ancient Greek god of wine and winemaking is represented with a bowl in hands, with a vineyard on a background and the column twisted with grapes at the left. Here all details - both a figure, and a column, and a bowl - are cut out by a knife from thinly rolled test and collected then on a hardboard as a mosaic. Each leaf of grapes and each berry are stuck together separately. The landscape of a background is written by gouache. Decorative gold paint is used only for a list of a bowl of Dionysus. The figure of god is stylized under lists of kritsky and Minoan palaces.

“Tezey, the winner of the Minotaur“

of of Goryachkin Nastya, 8, (the 3rd place in the senior group)
For the legendary antique hero who overcame a terrible monster with a body of the person and the head of a bull the author of work creates an original situation of the ancient kritsky palace of “Labyrinth“. Such it is dark - we found red columns, gray stone floors and a laying from a light brick in the photos made in the real Knossos palace in Crete which according to the legend was built by legendary Dedal.


of of Kuzmin Dasha, 9, (the 2nd place in the senior group)
One of beloved daughters of Zeus, the goddess of the earth and a harvest, Dasha represents in the Olympic halls. Therefore she made classical, white marble columns of the Doric warrant (before we discussed classical Greek architecture). This picture was molded, since a floor and columns - all this is cut out by a knife from the rolled test. The figure of the goddess gathered separately. The little man without clothes is at first molded: hands, legs and the head are fastened to a trunk by means of toothpicks. The clothes from pieces of very thinly rolled test are imposed from above on a ready figure. Lines on columns and folds on clothes appear a toothpick.

“Aphrodite`s Birth“

of of Antoshin Polina, 8 years
Here it is the most favourite subject of our works! The birth from sea foam of the finest of antique goddesses was represented differently at once by eight girls. However, there is no wonder - and in world art an image of the goddess of love of Venus or, on - it is Greek, Aphrodite - most, perhaps, popular with artists. Here for creation of hair of Aphrodite the chesnokodavilka is used. Children with pleasure use it - from long “makaronin“ of the test not only hair, but also a grass, foliage of trees, sea foam, etc.

one More “Aphrodite`s Birth“ turn out.

of of Kukharuk Katya, 7 years

Here too used a chesnokodavilka, for hair, and here to make such beautiful sea foam on water, took a small grater and on it rubbed test pieces. There is one more interesting reception - a combination of the molded and drawn details (seagull).


of Kuzmina Alina, 7 years
And here the chesnokodavilka is used for a grass, and a small grater - for trees.

“Polet of Icarus to the sun“

of Kachayeva Natasha, 8 years
the Bright image - the minimum means. Wonderful gold wings on which Icarus wanted to rise to the sun are made small scissors. Dough is just made an incision in many places.


of Grigorieva Diana, 7 years
in the same way - by means of scissors - is made a mane of the lion`s head of a mythical monster.“ Fantastic“ stones under legs of the Chimera are painted with nacreous paints.



of Kudryavtseva Yulya, 5, (the 3rd place in younger group)
For a spear of the goddess of wisdom and fair war used two connected toothpicks. Painted with gold paint. Hair of Athena are made by means of a chesnokodavilka, plumage of an owl - scissors.

“Heracles and Tserber“ of Kurovets Fedya, 6, (the 2nd place in younger group) For a collar of a terrible three-headed dog the Aida are taken


thin metal chains. By the way, children used them also at the image of the characters chained to rocks - Prometheus, Andromeda.

of of Lomakying Wan, 8 years
At last, the combination of various receptions - as in this image of very archaic Siren which face obviously descended from an Ancient Greek chernofigurny vase is possible


are Painted by panels from the salty test with the most different paints - both a water color, and gouache, and acryle. To keep colors in original state, ready work becomes covered by a colourless furniture varnish - so it will look it even more beautiful.

A generally, salty dough gives a weight more of the opportunities which are not used here by us: coloring of the test, cutting forms, incrustations etc. And still: the most various plots and genres - both still lifes, and portraits, and fairy tales, and even difficult architectural landscapes are easily embodied in the salty test. Besides, such panels become remarkable decoration of an interior.


! teacher of a fine art studio, art critic