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Re: [teacherartexchange] Tape Sculpture Tips!


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Apr 04 2007 - 05:38:26 PDT

Thanks, everyone, for all the tips! I am really excited about this
project. I can't decide if I want to try this with my middle school
or high school classes. After trying it myself, it seems like it
might be better for high schoolers.

Also, thanks for hte tip about the styrofoam head form. I was
wondering how to go about doing a face! :)

Charleston, WV

On 4/3/07, <> wrote:
> 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
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