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Re: Water and the Arts

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MichaelDelahunt (MichaelDelahunt)
Sat, 05 Apr 1997 18:50:06 GMT

<bold>Donna Morelle,,Internet writes:

</bold><x-quoted>Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am a principal working in a K-3 elementary school in Barrington, Rhode

Island; currently I am facilitating a multiage enrichment cluster with a

group of 7 highly motivated first through third grade students interested i=

studying =22Water and the Arts.=22 We meet once a week for approximately t=

and one half hours. At this early stage (Week One) we are considering the

study of specific kinds of art techniques that apply water with or to

another medium. Help=21=21=21 Ideas welcomed=21=21=21 I would also be in=
terested in

feedback on how to connect these projects to artists who have used these

techniques. =20

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and ideas=21=21=21

Donna A. Morelle, Ed.D.


Sowams School

364 Sowams Road

Barrington, Rhode Island 02806

Phone: 401-247-3180

Fax: 401-245-5003


I first think of watercolor of course, and studying the different results t=
o painting it highly diluted with water and with very little water, as well=
as on dry paper and on moistened paper.

For a fun experiment, obtain some powdered tempera, students arrange (shall=
ow amounts) on white paper. Put it out into a light rain, or lacking that, =
sprinkle with water yourselves. Another fun painting projects requires each=
student using a straw to blow spots of paint around-- great fun.

Consider mixing water with plaster (1 part water to every 2 1/2 parts plast=
er, using tiny paper cups & popsicle sticks) and putting it into a mold. Od=
d ice-tray molds do nicely, or little jello molds sprayed with Pam. Plaster=
hardens in 5-15 minutes: depending not on drying out, but rather on a chem=
ical change, which is pretty interesting. Stick a paper clip in part-way, j=
ust after the pour, for a loop from which to hang or string it.

Working with ceramic clay is also pretty revealing about water, cuz it's bo=
th poudered dirt and water, and the more the water evaporates, the harder i=
t becomes. The wetter it is, the more it's like dirty water. Once it dries =
out it can still be re moistened, unless it's fired to a high temperature, =
at which point it =22vitrifies=22-- becomes glassy or stoney-- and will no =
longer turn back into mud when wetted.

Michael Delahunt

Visit my K-6 art program at Sonoran Sky Elem, Scottsdale, AZ at http://www.=

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