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RE: [teacherartexchange] Lessons for Styrofoam sheets - 1/2" thick


Date: Fri Mar 10 2006 - 15:18:03 PST

 I am teaching this lesson right now with my 8th graders and they LOVE
it! I am excited too. My question is; what is the best type of hanger
to use as the back of the sculptures are still exposed Styrofoam and the
plaster has made them a little heavy?

Marica Shannon
Mitchell, South Dakota

-----Original Message-----
From: Judy Decker []
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 10:09 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Lessons for Styrofoam sheets - 1/2" thick

Greetings Art Educators,

Sue doesn't have the materials right now for the lesson ideas I have....
but she might be able to order them.

Here is one lesson that used 1/2" Dow board as a base. You can cut the
Styrofoam with a table saw - It does make a mess.
Relief sculpture using the plastic face forms, window screen, cardboard
scraps and plaster gauze. You can use the students' own faces.

The theme was "What's inside my head" - the words show students
concerns. The one of the right has a poem tracing the sculpture contours
(but you can't see the words very well). The one on the right was from a
student who never had anything in the art show before.
These are just two examples I photographed that I put in the show.

Students cut the contour of the Styrofoam with hot wires (they took them
outside to cut). I saved all of the scraps and intended to make Cubist
Faces inspired by the work of Paul DeToit:
See the 2000 faces:

Be sure to browse all of his sculptures for more lesson ideas.

The other lesson I wanted to suggest was Bunki Kramer's Mask on Canvas
Paintings. Cut the Styrofoam to 12 x 18 for this lesson.
You can make the mask with plaster gauze on the plastic face forms - or
student's face.

Another idea would be an adaptation of Eric Staw's cardboard masks....
cut the Styrofoam... combine with cardboard and paint with acrylics.

You can glue the Styrofoam with white glue - secure with masking tape
- they paper mache it to get a smoother surface for painting.


Judy Decker
Incredible Art Department
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