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Re: Big papier mache What was I thinking!

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JudyandharryS_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Apr 24 2003 - 18:22:46 PDT


Well--maybe just a little nuts--but aren't we all? I've done two big papier
mache sculptures with middle schoolers. The first is a nine foot tall statue
of liberty--she has a slightly oversized derriere because she started to fall
over before she was dry.
Her innards are pvc pipe on a plywood sheet base. She is filled out with
chicken wire and burlap dipped in elmers glue. We also did a six foot long
panther. I glued panels of foam insulation together and cut out the
outlines for the sides, then put some spacers between them for the belly.
What I didn't anticipate was the drooping tummy
as the wet papier mache collected paste and moisture. I had to do an
emergency C- section and scoop out some of her girth.
    To work on the sculptures, we had a lottery each day. Five kids from
each class
could work on the sculptures. More than that was dangerous. It does wear
thin after a while, because the kids find they aren't crazy about getting
all slopped up in
papier mache glue (we call it cow snot). I loved doing these projects. I'd
do one this year if I could store it--our school is slated for renovation in
two years, and I think I'll have to put the creations in my house during
construction.
Have a blast!
Judy S.

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