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Hi....There is a great book called Oaxacan Wood Carvings...The Magic In the
Trees...with great color photos. I took the book to Kinko's and they were
able to make 6 color copies ENLARGED for me. I took the book back a second
time and they copied 3 more for me. I have 9 G-R-E-A-T color prints for my
classroom (all about 11x17" each). They cost me $1.98 each but worth it.
We're doing Oaxacan animals in my middle school artroom at the moment. I
use 2-3 boxes of BITS O' WOOD from NASCO. We use white glue. Use masking
tape to hold together until glue dries. Paint with tempera. The above
mentioned color photo prints are a great resource for patterns and colors
to use. I've gotten some gorgeous stuff in the past. This project is
l-o-n-g. I've tried it with younger kids using thick sticks as the base. We
washed the sticks and then painted them as animals with many patterns and
colors. Again...great finished projects. Older kids could actually carve
the sticks with paring knives...not that hard to do.
Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526