Here's what I do - especially for sculpture material
BEG - BEG - BEG!!!
Each of my classes have 31 students so I need lots of material also - I'm
teaching in a high school but my students are mainly "put" into Art 1
because we have too few electives - so the interest level is pretty low. As
a result I'd say I'm teaching on about a 6th grade level.
We do papier mache masks - I ask the teachers for newspapers and plastics
bags (we form a kind of hump mold with newspaper stuffed plastic bags to
build the mask on).
When we do Oaxacan animals, I ask for white wire coat hangers (the white is
easier to bend) and everyone cleans out their closet.
We build David Smith-like sculptures from cardboard boxes (the custodians
know not to throw ANYTHING away without seeing me first!), hot glue and
mis-matched latex paint from Lowe's and Home Depot.
I am now collecting scraps of wood for another abstract sculpture (the
cardboard boxes took up too much space).
We also do the pantyhose sculptures from donated panty hose (We have a few
textile mills left in NC) and again the white wire coat hangers.
Once we made a really ugly but fun sculpture using discarded student desks
and stools, duct tape, gold spray paint and a naked umbrella frame. It was
funny to watch the county grounds keepers try to decide whether to mow
around it or throw it out (We finally put a sign by it that said "This is
Have fun - but order clay if you've got all that paper.
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From: "sandra summers-barrick" <email@example.com>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2003 9:55 AM
> Too all those who have made armiture for animolitos or animals of
> oaxaca/mexico. I am starting a school with large classes, as an artist
> and art teacher for 20 years I have only worked in small schools or in
> large schools with many art teachers so what is getting me are the
> supplies. I want to make the above project- the problem- How much wire
> and gauge do I buy for a class size of 30-32 kids. I teach 450 kids 16
> classes a week. 1-8th grades. The 4-8 get art for 90 minutes. I would
> want to do this with middle school age, Since there are 2 classes of
> each grade at least 2 classes. Probably 6th or 8th grade since I am
> starting in the middle of the year, and I know the other middle school
> classes I have projects for. I hear the 8th graders really don't see the
> need for art and get bored, they had an excellent teacher before, they
> aparently are like this in every class, in every subject. Must be an age
> thing and a graduating thing (I have a 7th grader). Any assistance with
> quantity of supplies (for anything) would help.