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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need idea for styrofoam

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twoducks_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Mar 08 2006 - 08:00:36 PST


I am an elementary teacher, but do use Styrofoam chunks as a base for
various sorts of wire sculpture...and we look at a lot of Calder
"portraits" done in wire. do you know he used to bring wire to parties
and "sketch" his buddies in wire?

kathy douglas
in massachusetts
TAB/choice

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 From: SUSAN STEVENSTo: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
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Sent: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 09:01:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Need idea for styrofoam

Hello all!
I have received a donation of styrofoam....it is about
2 feet, by 3 feet, and 1/2 inch thick. It is smooth,
but not like a meat tray smooth. The white styrofoam
seems to be composed of little 'pellets'. It was an
over purchase from a stamp/scrapbooking store -
apparently very expensive. I have 20 or so sheets of
this.

I teach grade 9 - 12 visual arts....but nothing comes
to mind for using this product. I had originally
thought of doing a print, using a pencil to 'draw'
into the styrofoam (like the meat tray prints), but
it's consistently will not allow for clean lines.
Some sort of sculpture with senior students? Any
other ideas? The styrofoam is white, and apparently
takes paint very well. I assume spray-paint would
work also.

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