Brenda, be sure to try spray painting on a little piece of foam - I remember trying to spray paint something styrofoam and having it melt right b4 my eyes!
From: Bruthrobson@aol.com [mailto:Bruthrobson@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 11:34 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: King tut 3D 5th and 6th
I just wanted to let you know how the Egyptian units turned out.
We watched the Prince of Egypt.
First we all drew King Tut fishing. Cut this out and traced it onto multicolored or gold or silver scratchboard.
Then scratched away all the sky behind leaving a silhouette. I saw this somewhere so I thank whoever did it first. Then the kids wrote their names in hieroglyphics.
I gave my 5/6th graders a choice (thanks to Judy's urging for creativity, it was scary cuz there's 100 kids!) of doing King Tut in Model Magic clay or carving the Sphinx out of Styrofoam floral block.
Not too many picked the clay much to my relief. ($$$$)
We just took a ball of clay (4 oz) and divided it into two.
One ball was used and we formed a face and pinched out or added a nose, and lips.
Then the other ball became a snake that was rolled out really long then flattened for headdress.
Then the cobra on the headdress was added and scratching tools made details.
They will paint them next week.
The 4"x8" floral Styrofoam became a sphinx.
I found a good site yesterday that supported my idea of doing this but I had already planned it.
We made a drawing of the side of the sphinx to scale then cut it out.
We traced it to each side of the block. (Two girls forgot to flop it, I guess they didn't get it that the head had to match on both ends...picasso like, I guess. he he)
Then trace the top and bottom and small sides.
Then cut away with plastic knives.
We will spray these with fleck spray when we're done. Or we may gesso them and put a kind of rock stain on it.
If anyone has any questions on this, the kids have really loved it!
Thank you for all who responded!