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I teach middle school but I use good high school level stuff with them (you
get what you ask for). I took a neat workshop this summer and have some new
stuff to pass on...at least 4 me.
Don't know if you've ever worked with plaster gauze...and you can get it
cheaper by introducing yourself to a purchaser for a hospital. They can
order a bulk for you at a really reduced rate, otherwise, you'll pay a
fortune. I've done masks with the kids' faces with this...but you can also
use it to do "hands". Just cover enough (about 2/3rd's of a hand), let dry
about 15-20 minutes, take off, let dry overnight, recover edges and another
layer over the hand for strength, gesso, paint (or collage) and you have a
Another one with plaster gauze and the human form. I found a book this
summer which I loved (but I must have left it in my classroom, I can't find
it now) using aluminum foil as a base and small plaster strips around to
make a small, sitting/standing human sculpture showing visual movement.
Another book I found helpful is WIRE SCULPTURE by Gerald Brommer...ISBN #
You might also try a book from the NASCO art catalog called THE SCREAMER
for around $15. You can get good ideas for making a 3-4 ft. monster which
takes mucho time and space. It takes us a whole semester for each student
to make his.
You also might want to check the Getty archives for tips on discipline and
motivation. We discussed it at length around Aug./Sept. of '96. There are
some good books by Fleury (sp?) out there I talked about and a phone # and
address to get her books. (I just checked the Getty address and it's not up
at this time. Guess you'll have to wait.)
Hope this helps in some small way. Cya..............
Los Cerros Middle School
Danville, California 94526