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update on the flower pounding

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holl5_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Feb 08 2005 - 08:57:17 PST


Thanks to all who responded to my inquiries about flower pounding
techniques. We had the session today after school and it went very well.
Our admin.team was treating us to a Valentine Faculty Day. We had little
gift bags, sign-ups for neck massages, a yoga person speaking about
relaxation techniques, a speaker showing how to develop a professional
wardrobe and me doing flower pounding. I put together a little power point
that we opened with, had a hand-out with some web sites and books listed,
and each person got a beautiful little pot of primroses -which we promptly
pounded to smoosh! The hammering of 27 teachers after that little
relaxation session seemed especially loud. I gave them squares of muslin
and an assortment of plain note cards, gift cards, and bookmarks that I
bought at Walmart. We used primroses, pansies and phlox. That was our only
option for this time of year but I understand we are lucky to have those
choices!! We used rubber mallets, wooden meat hammers and regular hammers.
I think the rubber mallets worked best. You really need to experiment a
little, the colors don't always come out the way you would expect Everyone
really enjoyed it and I took lots of photos which I will try to get posted
to my web page tomorrow. It was fun but I would never do it with a whole
class-maybe art club or another small group!!
             Jeryl in SC

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