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From: Spinnato, Lynn (LSpinnato_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Feb 04 2010 - 04:56:49 PST

Hi Tina,
I agree that the casting slip is different from a solid clay body. One thought is to add mason stains to it and use it as a colorant. This may lessen glaze consumption.

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TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Wednesday, February 03, 2010.

1. clay slip
2. seeking drawing and writing warm ups
3. quilt raffle
4. Re: quilt raffle
5. Re: seeking drawing and writing warm ups
6. seeking drawing and writing warm ups
7. Re: HS Sculpture Ideas


Subject: clay slip
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 2010 07:18:44 -0400
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No, if you dry out that slip it will not be the best for workable clay. Casting slip is different from simply watering down clay. I would not advise it. Maybe there is a potter in town who has moulds or a ceramics shop that uses moulds that you could borrow. Or there are simple ways to make moulds for slip casting. Or sell it and use the money to purchase other materials. Good luck!
Mindy M.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Subject: seeking drawing and writing warm ups
From: Juliana Cope <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 09:21:26 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

I am seeking recommendations for five minute warm up drawing and
writing exercises for high school students. Longer recommendations
are welcome also.

Thank you!

Juliana Cope
Community Liaison
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
1040 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
T: 718 387 2900 | F: 718 387 2966
Juliana Cope
Community Liaison
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
1040 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
T: 718 387 2900 | F: 718 387 2966
Subject: quilt raffle
From: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:08:37 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3
My two tickets are bought.  I'm a quilter---would LOVE to win this.
What a great fundraiser.
Marlyn in FL
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Subject: Re: quilt raffle
From: Woody Duncan <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 09:30:18 -0700
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Thanks, Woody
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> My two tickets are bought.  I'm a quilter---would LOVE to win this.
> What a great fundraiser.
> Marlyn in FL
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Subject: Re: seeking drawing and writing warm ups
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Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 19:35:32 GMT
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90 % of our warm up drawings are observational....I put something out on their table before they arrive or point out something in the room or ask them to take it out of their binder....then adding some writing from visual prompts, brain teaser type things, etc
creatively, Linda (middle school)
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Subject: seeking drawing and writing warm ups
From: "Sears, Ellen" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:38:23 -0500
X-Message-Number: 6
Not drawing per se - but art/writing warm-ups
I use prints and have students write a story - 'this is a snapshot -
what happened before, what happened after"...
Become part of the action - write from a subject's point of view.
Dialog from a scene...
Respond to art - poetry... (ekphrastic)
Study an object and describe - specific
Directions on process -
Compare and contrast two pieces.
Brainstorm a list of adjectives...
Depending on the print... list action verbs - example - strumming,
twirling, stomping, strumming.... Benton's Sources of Country Music...
Cassatt's The Letter - write the letter...
Letter to the editor - importance of art, support the arts
Op ed - why we need art...
Does this help?
Subject: Re: HS Sculpture Ideas
From: Barry Beach <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:18:27 -0800
X-Message-Number: 7
Hello Kim-
I'm a first-year high school teacher, and have used some 3D projects
to date that worked well for me. I basically have no place to do real
sculpture projects (carpeted rooms and no sink!) so these were
improvised to use in a clean room - and are cheap!
1. Students used black pipe cleaners to create a shoe twice original
size but modeled on the one they wore the 1st day we began the
assignment. Students have to measure all around their shoe to find
where the connections are to make - where heel meets side, front of
laces begin, etc - then use sculpture to put together the measurements
in 3D. As an intro to this project, they drew their shoes at actual
scale (not double).
I found it worked great for students relatively new to art/sculpture.
It also as a bonus took several days (our class schedule is block- two
days block & one regular day each week) to complete and taught
measurement/translation skills as well.
2. Students used Bristol board (thick paper or lightweight cardboard
may also work) & regular scotch tape to construct their own 3D shape.
It had to have at least 6 sides and had to be more complex than a
cube. It's best to use a 1/4" to 1/2" tab along each edge to best
connect each piece - usually this is folded at a 90 degree angle to
cleanly join to tape. (If this doesn't make sense I could probably
find a photograph of a project).
However, I didn't make students use angles other than 90 degrees
(though some decided to). The shapes varied from too small (5 x 1 x
1/2") to pretty large (8 x 10 x 12"), so I should have given minimum
size requirements. That said, it worked pretty well.
Then, students drew a two-point perspective of the object at a 3/4
view (to highlight the sculptural element) and drew an imaginary
landscape around it, using scale to make their object appear much
larger in the drawing than it really is. I tied this to the two-point
perspective drawings we just did prior.
3. I also read a cool project on-line where students used multiple 3,
5, 6, or 8 sided shapes & connected together to create a sphere. It
was folded using the tab method I used in project 2, but the fold
could be on the outside rather than hiding on the inside, so that the
full sphere could be constructed more easily.
Hope this helps!
Barry Beach
Valley International Academy
Sunnyvale, CA
Subject: HS Sculpture ideas
From: "Josh and Kim Gould" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:18:22 -0600
X-Message-Number: 1
Does anyone have any sculpture projects that the students really get into...
this is my first time teaching a Sculptures/Metals class and I am looking
for some ideas.  Here are a few that I have:  packaging tape sculpt., alum.
can sculpt, japanese lanterns.  I am also looking for a good first day (90
min. classes) activity... I don't like to jump into a big proj. the first
day because we have a fair number of students dropping and adding.
thanks for the help
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