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The next day we start to shape our sculpture with small paring knives (I
bought these at Target's...3 for $1). I ask them to dig holes going all
the way through the balls and start to carve in a sort of filigree way.
The goal is to have something smooth to the touch and interesting to touch
with the eyes closed...interesting tunnels and passageways for the fingers
to wander. After working each day, we wrap them in newspaper to keep
damp. Takes about 2 weeks to dry out when finished. I've never painted
them but you can with tempera. It's a messy project but I usually take the
students outside on the grass to carve and later wrap their project in
newpaper before re-entering the room.
Whenever I do this project, the principal asks me to make a ball for him
and HE makes one for his desk! He has several now in his office!!! He
thinks it's good therapy for him....oh, well, whatever!!!!!
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526