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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need Help With an Idea


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 22 2005 - 18:23:52 PDT

I have done this several times with my middle school. I put together a
pretty extensive power point on a LOT of the city scultpture ideas (although
I need to update it since Wichita did airplanes). After I show the ppt I
demo how to make clay rattles (very step by step). Then I have them turn
their rattles into pigs. They make a great display, they all turn out
successfully. Our mascot is a mustang, and if I could figure out how they
could be successful doing horses I would do it in a heartbeat! I believe
some examples are on my site. It would be fun to then upgrade them into
large scale sculptures!
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

> 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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