My eighth graders just finished tape sculpture. It was a fantastic lesson.
Before we began the sculpture, I explained to my students that the taping
process involved reaching in and around certain private areas. I explained to
students that I expected them to handle this in a mature way , without
giggles and comments. I also explained that if anyone felt uncomfortable in that
situation that they should let me know ahead of time. I felt it was
important to nip this in the bud before the situation came up.
In 50 minute classes, my students completed the lower body one day, and
upper torso the next. We used utility/safety scissors, like those used by
physicians to remove bandages, to cut through the tape. We wrapped about 3 layers
of tape: the first was sticky side up and the next two sticky side down. The
body parts were taped together to assemble as they were completed. Students
did the hands, feet, and heads separately on another day. We used styrofoam
head forms instead of wrapping tape on the face.
We found the Scoth brand packing tape to be the best, but also the most
expensive. However, we got a pretty good school discount at an office supply
store. The cheaper tapes will work too, but are not as strong and may take more
layers. I would estimate about 3 large rolls of tape per figure. My
students worked on one figure per group of five.
Let me know if I can answer any more questions!
Carolyn in Va. Beach