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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #820

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Jerry Vilenski (jvilensk)
Sun, 21 Jun 1998 20:53:34 -0700

artsednet-digest wrote:
> artsednet-digest Sunday, June 21 1998 Volume 02 : Number 820
> This edition includes :
> Re: Ceramics projects for High School
> Re: Alex. Calder video on PBS
> Re: Recommend a PC Calendar Program?
> Re: Clay without a kiln
> Anything to help
> Re: colored glue project
> Picture promised. Oops!
> Re: Picture promised. Oops!
> Paper Mache Masks
> paper mache cardboard masks......
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 16:39:47 -0400
> From: Jen Dixon <jendixon>
> Subject: Re: Ceramics projects for High School
> Scott Harrison wrote:
> >
> > Do any of you who teach High School Ceramics have favorite projects you
> > would like to share with the group? I'm always looking for new ideas and
> > have received many from this list.
> >
> > Scott Harrison
> >
> > The sun is out in the Redwoods at last!
> Surviving my first year teaching Ceramics...a challenge for someone
> who hasn't touched clay in 15 years....and never very good at
> it..being a dedicated painter...I actually had some very wonderful
> surprises. My favorite projects were all theme oriented. Since I
> couldn't help too much with technique, we all fiqured out the basis of
> clay together. But I could put my expertis in the creative part. Every
> project was based around a theme. Our first project was a pinch pot
> that had an organic theme to it. We brainstormed on what "Organic"
> was...talked about design. And they came up with incredible pots that
> ranged from tree trunks to eggs. The pot had to have at lease two
> components.
> My student teacher taught a lesson in "inside Outside" and the
> element of surprise. Students had to create a container that had a
> theme based around its exterior, a lid, and then a surprising
> interior.
> One of the most successful projects was Rowhouses...base on the
> Baltimore Row house. After studing the architecture of Baltimore they
> design and created houses. These were great but took a lot of clay.
> The houses were about 6" wide, 6" deep and 18" high. They worked on
> all the walls , four slabs and then kept at a workable greenware stage
> . Once all the details were finished they put the walls together. Once
> at this scultural stage, most students went on to adding porches,
> balconies and garages.
> I'd love to know of other projects if you could pass along what
> you've gotten for ideas. Next year I will have a compo class of
> ceramic 1 and 2's. So I won't be able to repeat all of the projects I
> did this past year.
> Thanks
> Jen
> Baltimore,MD.
> ------------------------------
> Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 16:56:07 -0400
> From: "gjmoore" <gjmoore>
> Subject: Re: Alex. Calder video on PBS
> Bunki,
> Thanks for informing everyone of the video. I tried to find someone to
> record it for me as I don't get PBS at this time. Do they often view art
> related programs? I may want to have it added to my Dish Network.
> Anyway...I teach K-5. Do you think the video would be suitable for this
> age group. I recently gained access to a TV / VCR in my classroom and
> I'm just beginning by video library.
> I could really use some good recommendations.
> Glenda Moore
> Rockingham, NC
> ------------------------------
> Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 19:27:48 -0400
> From: Michael Keller <keller>
> Subject: Re: Recommend a PC Calendar Program?
> I use Schedule + which comes in Microsoft Office 95. It allows me to view a
> calendar by day, week, or year, or by planner mode. I can copy and paste events,
> appointments and other stuff from one date to another. I can make activities
> recurring, such as the same day of the week or the same date of the month. It
> doesn't print with clip art, but you can print weekly or monthly calendars in a
> number of formats, including various daytimer and dayrunner formats. Best of all,
> the data is kept in a small *.scd file that I can email back and forth from home
> to work, so any time I make a change, either at work or at home, I can send the
> attached file to my other PC and update it. I print my monthly schedules to go in
> my Daytimer, then when I've made enough changes to the paper document to justify
> reprinting, I do so.
> The program also allows you to create projects and to do lists, and it has a
> module that conforms to Covey's Seven Habits ideas, so if you're into that, you
> can also project lists based on your "roles."
> Toulouse95 wrote:
> > Are any of you familiar with a good calendar program for Windows that will let
> > you pull up say July '97 entries and graphics on a July '98 month calendar
> > that you can drag and drop to the new date?
> >
> > I do the school calendar every month as well as ones for AP deadlines, etc.,
> > and retype the same numerous entries and similar cliparts annually. Now that I
> > can order some software, I would love to have something where I wouldn't have
> > to start every calendar from scratch.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Mary Jane
> ------------------------------
> Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 23:44:13 -0400
> From: "Dianna" <dmammone>
> Subject: Re: Clay without a kiln
> Hi Group,
> I use a lot of sculpey, too. There are some class room situations where it
> is the only way to go. I recommend to you all, if you are planning on using
> Sculpey or any Polymer clay product it is worth the few minutes to see if
> your school has a resale number or can get one. Then you can open up a
> wholesale account at The Clay Factory of Escondido(they have a web page) and
> you can pay half the normal price. They sell it in small blocks, 2oz, or
> pounds. Great people, great service.
> Good Luck,
> DiannaBanana (a polymer fan)
> - -----Original Message-----
> From: Deb Rosenbaum <kaca>
> To: <>
> Date: Tuesday, June 09, 1998 6:56 AM
> Subject: Clay without a kiln
> >Rebecca:
> >
> >I had similar problems with the Wet Set product. I ordered a sample of it
> >and had my niece play with it. I didn't like the texture of it even when
> >the small pieces got hard.
> >
> >I think a better alternative is Sculpy. (For young children, sculpy is a
> >little softer and more pliable than FIMO.) It is baked in a regular
> >kitchen oven for 15 minutes at 275 and you can do all sorts of stuff with
> >it. It is a little expensive but you can make it go a lot further by using
> >an aluminum foil or wire armature inside. Make a figure of waded up foil
> >and then roll or pinch the sculpy out flat and wrap the figure with it. I
> >also do a lot of dolls/puppets/fetishes where we just make the head and
> >hands out of Sculpy and then we do a body of sticks, stuffed fabric or
> >whatever. The kids are able to get a lot of fine detail into the sculpy.
> >It can be painted with various techniques to look like a wide variety of
> >materials such as stone, brick, ivory etc.
> >
> >I usually save sculpy projects for the end of the session when its too late
> >to do another firing. I take the projects home on cafeteria trays or
> >baking pans and bake them myself. I can make them stick to the pans so
> >there's no rolling around. We also have a toaster oven in the classroom
> >which is fine for doing really small sculptures or beads.
> >
> >Deb Rosenbaum
> >
> >
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 00:11:40 EDT
> From: Maahmaah
> Subject: Anything to help
> Subject: Christina Williams - Still Missing
> >Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 17:56:21 PDT
> >
> >Dear Friends,
> >
> >I am writing this letter to implore you to watch America's Most Wanted
> >on Fox this Saturday, June 20th. They will be featuring Christina's
> >story. Our entire community is involved in the effort to try to locate
> >her, but it may just require more than that. It may take the support
> of
> >a nation.
> >
> >Here is the link again directly to her page with the Polly Klaas
> >Foundation. If you haven't seen it before, please take a look.
> >
> >
> >
> >Once again, please forward this letter to everyone you know who has
> >e-mail. It just might help.
> >
> >Thank you for your continued support! This young lady's family wants
> >her back home more than any one of us can possibly imagine.
> >
> >If your headers get cut off and you want to contact me for any reason,
> >my e-mail address is bever_bee. (there's an underscore in
> >there) Thanks again, from the bottom of my heart.
> >
> >Bev
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 00:41:58 +0300
> From:
> Subject: Re: colored glue project
> Gina Booth asks about the stained glass window project using colored
> glue on overhead transparency film:
> "Where do you get colored celophane? I followed the directions for the
> stained glass project and it sounds pretty. But would the colored
> celophane be necessary, couldn't you just use the glue/tempera mix for the
> outside of the animal shape, or is it that the colored celphane background
> looks great? What if the colored celophane is red for example, w hat
> would it do to green areas for example on the inside of a fish? I guess
> maybe I missed understanding something. Please reply. Thanks for
> contributing your idea to our group. Ginab"
> For Gina and others interested in this project -
> You can buy collored cellophane from any well-stocked art supply
> store. It comes in rolls of several basic colors. Yes, you can use
> paint inbetween the glue lines and don't need cellophane behind the
> image as an extra, added step. I like the effect of the cellophane
> behind the stained glass image, regardless of paint or not, because
> the cellophane gives the image a different dimensionality when
> the light passes through as it is hanging in a window. It also casts
> rainbow patterns on the floor when an entire class' work is hung up.
> The cellophane behind the transparency film can change the color,
> sometimes not in pleasing ways if paint has been applied as well to
> the clear film, but I generally use use the few instances where it is
> not an improvement, to discuss the principles of color mixing. In
> those cases, the cellophane can be removed and you can simply use the
> colors the student has painted on for the effect.
> I recently couldn't do this stained glass project with colored glue
> because all my small elmer's glue containers disappeared from
> storage, so I used black card and cut out the shapes instead of
> drawing them with the glue.
> Students used the theme of water animals - either salt or fresh
> water. We drew the animals on a
> piece of white paper, creating a thick, double outline around all the
> shapes, and dividing the internal space with double lines as well.
> The adults cut out the negative spaces with
> a stanley knife (for first graders). A piece of transparency film was
> placed on top of the image after it was cut, using permanent markers
> to color in the clear spaces on the film. Afterwards, the image was
> flipped over, so that the film was on the backside.
> Students could choose to either color the clear film, attach a piece
> of colored cellophane cut to the same size of the window frame, or
> use a combination of the two behind the image. I haven't tried gluing
> the tissue paper onto a piece of clear film as was recently
> suggested, but I think that is a wonderful option, as well.
> When I have done this project using small squeeze bottles of elmer's
> glue to dispense the colored glue onto clear, overhead transparency
> film, you need to allow time to let the glue dry. During this 15-30
> minute wait, depending on the climate and weather, students can be
> painting their initial pencil drawing which was placed underneath the
> transparency film to trace the lines of the "stained glass window."
> After the glue is dry, I let students color inside the shapes with
> permanent markers or tempera mixed with glue. The paint mixture
> covers better but once mounted in a window for the full stained glass
> effect, the paint starts cracking and peeling off in a day or so. I
> hope these directions help clarify the process.
> We just displayed four classes of stained glass fish in our hall
> windows done in these various styles and they were magnificent! Great
> integration with environmental/habitat studies.
> Regards,
> Teresa Tipton
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 12:10:17 EDT
> From: MarshArt
> Subject: Picture promised. Oops!
> I had mentioned to a Listserv member that I would forward a picture of my
> Name Line Lesson to her and it also went out onListserv. As a result, I never
> imagined I would get "zillions" of requests for it. You can understand why it
> is impossible for me to fill all these requests. Sorry...please understand!
> Marsha
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 14:17:13 -0400
> From: John & Sandra Barrick <astroboy>
> Subject: Re: Picture promised. Oops!
> This has come up before with me,on "Africa". One thing my husband
> suggested was giving it to 5 people and then having them send it out
> to 5 and so on. I temporarily put them in my address book and under
> organization write the topic,i.e. Line Lesson. Then when sending it
> just add all the names at one time. When you are done delete them
> from address book. I also add them to address book by clicking on
> their e-mail address and they automatically will go to the address
> book.
> Just a thought. I missed this letter originally but would like the
> lesson too. So anyone out their who has it can send it.
> Sandra
> MarshArt wrote:
> >
> > I had mentioned to a Listserv member that I would forward a picture of my
> > Name Line Lesson to her and it also went out onListserv. As a result, I never
> > imagined I would get "zillions" of requests for it. You can understand why it
> > is impossible for me to fill all these requests. Sorry...please understand!
> >
> > Marsha
> - --
> john barrick
> Sandra Barrick
> astroboy
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 08:38:18 EDT
> Subject: Paper Mache Masks
> Dear Netters,
> I just got hired to do a specialty workshop at a summer camp. I am a big fan
> of Paper Mache, and all the paper arts in general, But I'm inexperienced at
> teaching and running limited workshops (I am expecting approximetly 15
> students 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I will have a counsler aid. The subject is
> to make large african tribal masks. My workshops will be 4 2hr. sessions. ( 1
> session per week) This will allow drying time between the stages. I am all
> set with samples of actual wooden carved masks as examples. The masks vary in
> size, shape and content. My goal is for the kids to be as creative as they
> can, I don't want the masks to be the same. The owners of the camp will be
> displing these peices in a cultural arts exhibit later in the summer. I am an
> artist studing to be an art teacher. I really want this workshop to be a
> success and you never know how well you can teach until you jump right in, But
> I could definetly use some advice:
> I really see these masks being large, 18'' to 21/2' for a hight dimention .
> What would be a good support? Should I make a corrugated cardboard base? How
> do you get the kids to be the designers, or get them to plan in advance. (when
> they are working on their masks features) I am having trouble figuring out a
> support system for the mache. I thought of using chicken wire with paper pulp
> - - but I don't think the kids could handle it. In other classes I have taught
> the projects were all one uniform size. How do you go about getting a variety
> of results, I would imagine the students who are truly intrested will want to
> do the most eloborate masks, What to do with the ones who won't try?
> How should I space out the class in terms of stages: Macheing , sanding,
> painting collaging ( I have some really nice hand made papers that could be
> used as a finished surface) and finally sealling- what to do with early
> finishers. Is the time aloted enough time?
> I would appericiate any advice you could give me to make this a success.
> Thanks so much in advance,
> Brenda Riback
> artybrenda
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 10:10:25 -0700
> From: (Bunki Kramer)
> Subject: paper mache cardboard masks......
> Hi, Brenda..........
> >The subject is>to make large african tribal masks. My workshops will be 4
> >2hr. sessions. ( 1>session per week) This will allow drying time between
> >the stages.
> >From start to finish, 4 two-hr. sessions isn't a whole lot of time. I've
> done something like this awhile back and they worked well. You should get
> lots of variety just by the fact that you're not limiting the size to the
> actual face. I started this project by having kids take a full sheet of
> newspaper, folding it, cutting out a shape (1/2 the mask shape), cutting
> out space for eyes, mouth, etc. and, when opened, you have a symetrical
> mask shape.
> I'd have exacto knives, serated kitchen knives (which cut cardboard really
> well), scissors, and free matboard...which you can get from art framer
> stores... for the exacto cutting handy. You should also give them some time
> and instruction on the different folds, diff. cutting techniques, curling
> ,etc., and precut cardboard to make small samples. This step is important
> and saves you much time having to discuss this with each student
> separately. It will also give them more ideas to work with.
> >I really see these masks being large, 18'' to 21/2' for a hight dimention .
> Your size is really ambitious with your time limit. You might want to think
> about cutting it down to 12" or 18". Just a thought. You should try one
> first and time yourself. I good teacher would generally do this to find out
> all the kinks before the kids do and to have it as a sample.
> >What would be a good support?
> You can paper mache right on top of the cardboard base and additions...I've
> used liguid starch straight from the bottle for the mache and newspaper
> strips. The second layer could be just paper toweling. You could also use
> gesso on top to smooth out the layers and provide a nice base for painting
> but it's not absolutely necessary.
> >How>do you get the kids to be the designers, or get them to plan in
> >advance. (when>they are working on their masks features)
> Half the fun (and especially if it's a summer camp setting) is designing as
> you go because you learn the limits of the material. Precutting with the
> newspaper and scissors is another designing feature.
> >I am having trouble figuring out a>support system for the mache. I thought
> >of using chicken wire with paper pulp....
> We've just built up with pieces of cardboard but you might consider using
> aluminum foil for lightweight stuffing if you wanted more demension or
> rounded, sculptural quality. Keep it simple. Adding a hard-to-handle medium
> like chicken wire might slow down your limited timeframe. (You'll need
> gloves for kids using chicken wire...and bandaids.)
> >How should I space out the class in terms of stages: Macheing , sanding,
> >painting collaging ( I have some really nice hand made papers that could be
> >used as a finished surface) and finally sealling- what to do with early
> >finishers. Is the time aloted enough time?
> I'd "think" stages like this...learning technique of material, macheing, drying
> (maybe outside to speed up the time), painting, embellishment. Early
> finishers come with the territory when teaching art. You'll ALWAYS have
> 'em. Use this time for embellishment like painting, feathers, ribbon,
> raffia, poking holes around the edges and adding straw, glitter, jewels,
> blah, blah. I wouldn't worry about sealing unless you had time. A spray
> varnish would work nicely...and fast.
> One of my kids did a fabulously large mask this way and covered it entirely
> with diff. kinds of feathers in patterns. I begged and pleaded with him to
> let me keep it...but it wasn't meant to be, drats!
> Toodles...........
> Bunki Kramer
> Los Cerros Middle School
> 968 Blemer Rd.
> Danville, California 94526
> ------------------------------
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Re: Paper Mache Masks

Brenda, here are some ideas for masks that may come in handy. Try to
divide the project into 4 simple steps. First of all, a good heavy
cardboard base cut to a standard size (by you, or by students with a
template you make for them)would cut down construction time quite a
bit. You could have the cardboard shape built up and out with scraps of
leftover carboard taped to the original mask shape so that kids could
expand the design and make them thier own. Second step: Apply paper
mache to the mask.I personally do not use newspapers anymore for paper
mache, preferring to use office waste paper or paper trimmings. Cut or
tear these into strips and apply the paper mache that way. This
eliminates the need to gesso the mask before painting, because the paper
is white to begin with, thus saving a step. The paper mache is
laminated with around 8-10 layers, easily done in an hour. Third step:
Build up the mask shape with paper towel, white napkins or toilet paper
dipped right in the glue and mashed to a clay-like substance. This
material is great for building up eye-brows, mouths and facial contours
and designs. This needs to be applied to a relatively dry mask shape or
it may distort the features. Fourth step: Paint the mask and decorate
with as many manipulatives you can scrounge. Remember, the mask needs
to be a manageable size in order to get the kids through each step in a
timely fashion, so limit sizes ahead of time. Hope this