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[teacherartexchange] Need Help With an Idea


Date: Mon Aug 22 2005 - 13:01:24 PDT

    I know you are all familiar with the Chicago and New York "Cows on
Parade", the life-size public sculptures that were created by artists and auctioned
as fund raisers to display around the city. Many other localities have used
similar ideas. Our neighboring city, Norfolk, VA. created 200 mermaids. They
have been quite the rage, and my students are familiar with them.
     Anyway, our school mascot is the "bluefish". I thought it would be fun
to make a bluefish prototype design with my Advanced Art 8 class. We would
then use it to make multiple sculptures, which could to be decorated and painted
in a variety of ways by students artists. For our first endeavor, I am
thinking about something small, maybe in a table top size. We'd need to design some
sort of base for display too. I could use any and all suggestions on mold
making and mass production. Clay, plaster, paper mache????
   I have long range visions of a sculpture garden of fancy bluefish in our
courtyard. They would be on a larger scale and would have to withstand the
weather. I have learned the hard way to start small!! I need your help,
suggestions, and ideas.

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