I too, purchase bar-b-que skewers by the ton. They are a multi-purpose art room tool and material. When we did Day of the Dead sculptural figures, the skewers provided miniature wood dowels just the right size for accessories. We have wrapped paper beads on them, strung mobiles from them, used them for pointillism and poked each other with them (just kidding, I hope). Cheap and great!!
I know we have done this thread of 'unusual art supplies' before, but it would be nice to continue contributing to those lists of 'must have's'
I buy tons of cheap zip lock sandwich bags. Students label them with their names (in perm. marker) and store everything from collage cut outs to selected colors of oil pastels. These keep individual's stuff together when we clean up and throm things into the table tubs.
Alix E. Peshette
Emerson Junior High School
From: linda [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2002 5:15 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: WHY BARBEQUE SKEWERS?? LOL!
I can see why someone would think me an extravagent art teacher for
purchasing barbeque skewers just to write names on the bottoms of clay
work when a pencil would do just as well. About 4 years ago I purchased 1
large package of skewers to use for something in art, can't even remember
what, but have also discovered that they offer a nice way to poke a skinny
hole (skinnier than a pencil) through clay beads. We also use them to
texture clay. We also use (get ready...this is more extravagence...)
pointed orange sticks in place of pencils when working with clay because
if I don't, eventually, every pencil in my box is covered with dried up
clay from kids casually picking up one when they want to use a point to
scratch on or texture their clay, then just as casually, throw it back in
the box. We wash the orange sticks right along with the clay tools andput
them back in the tool box each period. They have also lasted about 4
years. We even wash our popsicle sticks and keep recycling them. NOW>..I
have decided that for ME, I like the barbeque skewer point even more than
the pencil...or the orange stick. It makes a cleaner line in the clay...I
can just read these better. Hope this clarifies! HAHAHA~