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[teacherartexchange] re cardboard cones


Date: Thu Aug 17 2006 - 11:04:57 PDT

Marybeth asks:

<Does anyone have a lesson using the leftover cardboard cones from the
trait-tex yarns?
<I teach elementary art k-5 and I have been saving the cones to use

I used them one year to make human seated figures with 4th grade. I also
have used plastic bottles half filled with kitty litter. The cones require less
preparation and are less likely to tip over. Kids attached crumbled newspaper
balls for heads, rolled tubes of newspaper for arms and legs. I spent a lot of
time discussing accurate length, position and bending of these tubes to make
the person look natural. This armature was coated with two layers of paper
mache, the second layer being paper towel. Some kids want help with
costuming (a skirt, a cape, a fishing hat), some kids bring props from home (a
toy phone, a toy fish). They are painted with tempera. The kids love this
lesson. I am thinking of doing this next year when they study heroism in
their classroom. Jeannie in PA, K - 5

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