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Re: Pantyhose Wire Sculpture (Holly)

From: Janjarreau
Date: Thu Apr 06 2000 - 17:59:21 PDT

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    Dear Holly,
        I too am doing the pantyhose sculptures for the first time. I have
    really changed things up a bit because I used medium sized bottles of gesso
    to start with and this lasted only 2 periods for 1 coat. My co-op ran and
    got some Alenes fabric stiffener which turned hard the next day but they were
    very brittle. I still had about 2 gallons of heavy duty wallpaper paste left
    over from my experience at the high school (collage) so I mixed some of that
    with a little white latex paint and some water to make a creamy paste. Today
    we were prepared to do the fun painting, but I still felt they were somewhat
    fragile. People have a tendency to poke on them once they find out they are
    pantyhose, so I remembered someone said she uses a layer of paper mache
    (newspaper and straight wallpaper paste). I think just that one layer may
    have done the trick today so we should be ready to paint them tomorrow. I
    used acrylic paint on mine. Others say tempera will crack. My co-op has
    latex paint in many colors donated so we may try that. I have brought in my
    personal acrylic paints to share for details. I have suggested they look at
    their shape and decide what it is. They may also just paint it like faux
    stone, marble, wood or bronze etc... I have done up some samples. One of
    mine is done with many patterns. The artist I have introduced is Henry
    Moore. The test will be to tell me his name, the name of at least one of his
    sculptures and 3 significant facts, more if they know more. They know
    plenty. I will let you know how everything turns out.

    In a message dated 4/5/00 9:18:57 PM Central Daylight Time, BaaaRamU

    << I made up a sample of the pantyhose sculpture before trying it with my
     graders. It turned out fine, but I am not sure how to paint it now. Do I
     need to gesso it first? Or does it paint okay with just tempera or acrylic?
     Also, how have you had the students paint them? With pattern, plain?
     Assigned color scheme? I'm not sure what guidelines to give them in
     them. What kind of painting has been most successful for you? And has
     anyone tried them with a group as young as sixth graders?
     Thanks for any help. It is MUCH appreciated!


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