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Panty hose sculpture

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Mcracker_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Feb 23 2001 - 18:29:48 PST


Hello Friends,
 I am sending this to both addresses to see if they both go through...or not.

    I am adding my praises to the long list of admirers of the coat hanger
panty hose project. I resisted for a long time...it just sounded too corny!
But lately I've been teaching a class with 10 kids.....2 are labelled CD with
pre-first grade ability, 2 severe ED, 4 repeating 8th grade and 2 "normal"
kids, one of whom is labelled "gifted" in art. I am desperate for projects
that are possible for the first two, high interest for the middle six and
challenging enough for the last one! Most people do not "get" how challenging
this is, but I know you-all will.
    We have done Woody's tessellation project which was a great success! Even
the most severe ED kid who said, "There is no way I can EVER do that" did it
and is proud of it!" So, how to follow that.....well, the panty hose project
kept reappearing on the list and it made sense in relation to the
tessellation project...shape to form. Anyway, it is TERRIFIC!!! The kids are
excited and the other kids are keep asking what they are made of and why
can't they do it and , "Oh, ithose are so-o-o sweet!"
It is such a great project that I am actually finishing my demonstration
project and am thoroughly enjoying working on it. We are using acrylics,
textured acrylics, metallic acrylics, Sharpies, beads and those Scribble
fabric paints to finish them.
    My kids came up with a plan to make a giant panty hose sculpture as a
group project. I think it is a great idea....has anyone ever tried this? Any
ideas in whether it would work? What guage of wire? Would we need some other
supports? We figure we can get "Big Momma" pantyhose.....Maybe Pariscraft in
some places, although that is much heavier. Your ideas would be greatly
appreciated.
Thanks.
Marcia in WI, waiting for another ice storm (will it be spring in New York?)

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