Places of Performance


Focus on the architecture of performing arts facilities to create a replica of a theater.


1. Different styles of architecture can be observed in a building's formal elements, and each time period is unique. If possible, take an historic building tour in your community. Sketch different architectural elements you see with Crayola® Colored Pencils. Search for information about architectural style or history. Famous buildings are easy to research, such as the U.S. Capitol, which was built in the neo-classical style, to emulate the architecture of Rome. How do modern buildings differ from neo-classical architecture?

2. If you were building a theatre, such as Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., what kind of architecture would you choose? Sketch your ideas in colored pencil. Include architectural elements that you like the best, including columns and facades, if you like the neo-classical style, or a more trim, angular construction if you prefer modern buildings.

3. On a plastic placemat or tray, sculpt Crayola Model Magic to portray your building in bas relief model (somewhat flat, with sculptural elements built on its surface) of your building. Bas relief was used to decorate the pediments (triangular areas under the roof peak) of ancient buildings such as the Parthenon. Dry.

4. Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Color the bas relief model with Crayola Washable Paints and Paint Brushes.

5. Build a corrugated cardboard frame to display your sculpture. Cut two frames exactly alike with Crayola Scissors. Use Crayola School Glue to glue them together. Decorate one side of the frame with glue designs. Dry.

6. Decorate the other side with glue designs. Dry.

7. Paint both sides of your frame to compliment your architectural sculpture. Dry.

8. Use Model Magic to create feet for your frame. Form two slightly flattened balls, then press the frame into them. Dry.

9. Use toothpicks or bamboo skewers as pivots to fasten your sculpture into the frame. Push the toothpick partly into the sculpture at the bottom, center point, then apply a small dot of glue to the point of entry. Do the same to the top center point. Place your sculpture into the frame by pushing the toothpicks through the wet glue into the cardboard. Apply a dot of glue to the cardboard entry points. Dry flat.

10. Stand up your bas relief model. For additional support, glue the Model Magic® feet to a horizontal piece of cardboard.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • What kinds of performances would occur at your theatre? Use Crayola Markers and Colored Pencils to create a playbill announcing the shows.
  • For a group project, team up with the social studies department in your school, an architect, or history group. Research a specific period of history known for its architecture, such as Rome or Egypt. Create a community of buildings based upon your research.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Colored Pencils
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • white paper
  • plastic placemat
  • toothpicks - wooden
  • paper towels
  • cardboard
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research architectural elements and technology in historic and contemporary periods.

  • Children identify interior and exterior characteristics of performing arts facilities from various architectural periods.

  • Children create a replica of a real or imagined theater based upon their research.


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