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Re: Multi-cultural wonders?!

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Fri, 21 Aug 1998 10:17:40 -0500

John Tieman wrote:

<3)Self-Portrait/Bust Suggestions.....
< I read a post about students making self-portait/busts from another time
<period out of various materials, but I would like to have the advanced
<students make these completely out of clay. Does anyone have suggestions
<that would help me prepare the students for such a task. Would you suggest
<any type of structure or "stuffing" that would help stabelize their work to
<make it easier to work on and keep the form from collapsing? Should I have
<the students bring in a picture or draw a portrait first, or is it alright
<to have them do a portrait of a friend or some "idol" they look up to, like
<a movie/rock star? (I know Bunki has a few styro. heads out there, but I
<don't think that would be wise to stick in the kiln ... hah!)

I have had students age 12 to 16 make claybusts, selfportraits or of
others. They had done lots of selfportraits in drawing and painting in
previous courses. But did make a small(very small bust) as an exercise
first. Then we used some sort of a structure to build it on it is just a
square piece of wood with a wooden rod or cylindar coming up from the
middle(is this clear???) around this rod we wrapped paper and tied it with
string. Then while the students are not working on the bust it is very
important to keep it in a plastic bag, well closed, so it does not begin
to dry. Then when drying time comes to let it dry very slowly to begin with
under newspaper. And when the busts are leather hard remove it carefully
from the wooden structure, the paper usually remains inside but you can get
it out by pulling on the string it was tied with. These claybusts were made
with red clay. They really came out great. Hope this helps. And feel free
to ask me more about it.
Best regards from the far north, Rosa