Thank you so much, Betty, for your feedback and WONDERFUL ideas. I will be
contacting you off line as you offered when I get in "trouble" as I'm sure I
Belinda in Greensboro, NC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Betty Bowen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2003 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: What was I thinking - Oldenburg
> I have just started the same project, with 7 & 8th graders but most aren't
> papier mache. Yes of course it's nuts, but it's also a good time for it
> it's kind of festive in some way. It is becoming a last project
> the kids expect it.
> After an internet (we have a TV & computer combo on a cart, this was the
> time I've tried it) lesson on Oldenburg, had them produce a "proposal" -
> including a drawing of the object from more than one view,
> measurements(estimated) and a materials list. I won't discuss their
> them (of course I do some, but that's the idea) until they submit a
> since I can't get in their heads and see what they are seeing there.
> This is the only time I ask them to provide their own materials. Of couse
> can also use school stuff, but preferably they will contribute. This has
> good. If they think up something that they will mostly make at home, they
> another one to do in class, or help others in class. They get 5 points
> for every day they are not engaged in the project during class time. This
> protects the kids who work every day from the kids who only work the last
> days and still produce a good piece.
> Last year we had an 8' yellow pencil, with a metal band (coffee can) and
> foam rubber eraser, carpet roll body and turned wood point (black
> lead), and a four foot stuffed cel phone pillow, with very accurate
> adhesive craft foam. giant sticks of gum with carefully painted wrappers
> good too. This year so far the best one in progress is a a 3 ft plate with
> giant slice of pie, out of cardboard (so far).
> One of my favorite materials is foam rubber, and I encourage them to buy
> 22x22x4" foam seat cushions which cut easily with sharp scissors, then we
> dye them (for conversation hearts) or get it wet and color with Prang
> which stains it when it is dry. Right now we have 11" conversation hearts
> 22" cinnamon roll being made.
> Cheap "bouncy balls" from Wal Mart are grapes and golfballs, a hula hoop
> the plastic deli cake covers and iridescent clear giftwrap tissue is
> become a giant diamond ring. OH! I almost forgot. Three pringles cans
> with a smallish hole cut in the top lid is a tube of mascara. Walmart has
> long black brushes for cleaning between appliances. Our tech-ed guy cut
> narrow end and rubber-dipped the tip for the student, she painted the
> black and it is an absolutely perfect mascara wand. Pushed through the
> hole in the pringle's lid it makes the perfect mascara-wand sound. We
> and laughed.
> It's fun, email me off list (I get it faster) any time if I can help.
> Betty in Oklahoma