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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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