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ANYWAY, we are most fortunate to have a recycle center here where we are
able to get vast amounts of odds and ends from manufacturers throwaways,
recycled plastics, etc. Stuff that is unimaginable but stimulates the
imagination. I do a Nevelson talk, a relief explanation, then we dig into
the "stuff". They glue whatever they choose in whatever patterns they
want--then we spray paint one color. I let them pick everything and they
then see how different colors affect surfaces, and how the same pieces used
different ways work totally opposite. I have in the past also had them
prime the pieces with gesso or latex primer (a really good choice for
priming papier mache' and reliefs for acrylic painting and much, much
cheaper than gesso--Wal Mart less than $10 a gallon). Once primed, they can
paint patterns, designs, etc. to go along with the pieces. Nevelson
assemblage, totally different paint job.
One more note on the primer. When I get a gallon, I transfer it to a large
plastic jug--like milk or water--esp. like the big Snuggle ones because they
are heavy plastic. Makes it much easier to pour out into margarine
containers for the kids to use.
I posted this to the whole groupafter writing it as I decided it was info
others might use. I've been teaching for 25 yrs. but still find the
simplest ideas from this list that I never thought of.
1st semester is almost over. WE're on early start. Exams are in 1 1/2 wk.
Paint your life with broad strokes and bright colors.