Last year I had my 5th grade students do a hand 'self-portrait' - just their hand and some object which tells about them (soccer ball, book, tennis racquet, etc.) These were 81/2" x 12",in oil pastel. The next activitiy was blind contour of their hand, posed in sign language, of one of their initials. They drew with pens. We talked about Calder, then they created a wire sculpture, 3-d, of their blind contour drawing - not their actual hand. These were mounted on 4" ceramic tiles with hot glue. We did other stuff the rest of the year - they were sick of hands.
I'll be glad to email an attachment with a photo or two of the wire hands.
From: O8Neil@aol.com [mailto:O8Neil@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2003 11:09 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Hands
Dear Friends, I am thinking of doing a thematic year long curriculum with my 8th grade. We are going to use "hands". I have thought of plaster, prints, books.etc but would love to have the input from anyone not too busy to give it some thought or if anyone has done hands. Carolyn and Bunki I have your cds...love them and have done the ribbon hands and will include them. thanks for all the help -Carol