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Lesson Plans

Plaster hands & styro. heads......

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Bunki Kramer (
Sun, 23 Aug 1998 21:56:48 -0700

The "plasteree" wears a latex glove to eliminate the need for vasaline.
This lesson takes about 3 weeks and is an all time favorite for my 5th

Hi, Sally...I've done plaster hands before in mid. school but always with
vasoline. I love the idea you have using latex gloves. Do the kids whine
about the sweaty palms? I will definitely try this.

Here's an idea to use BEFORE they paint their plastered hands (the idea
came from a workshop I attended this summer). Have everyone lay their
"hand" on a table. Notice how they place their hands in relationship to
other hands. They tend to keep them separated. Now ask them to form one
community sculpture with each adding their "hand" at a this
shape. Next...give them a theme to follow and they must use their hand to
add to the other hands to make one sculpture following that theme.
"Sculpture" must look good from all sides.
Possible themes....1. "One for all and all for one".
2. "Man and Technology"
3. "Celebration"
4. "Hands around the world"
5. you can think of mucho more ideas, I'm sure.

Then have them break up into tables of 4-5 and do smaller sculptures
together giving each table a diff. theme. It's interesting to see the
hesitation kids have of linking their "hand" with others. It seems to, at
first, become a personal thing but it eventually transcends into a
community spirit. Everyone walks away from this experience of being an
important part of the classroom entity. Not only is it a great art
experience, it's good for the SOUL.

PS...Now you've got me thinkin' about putting large latex balloons over my
styrofoam heads before paper macheing/plastering. Hummmm!


Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526