San D's idea reminds me of those "UgliDolls" - those cute monster-looking
stuffed creatures with the applique eyes. I bet some of the students would
recognize these - maybe a jumping off point?
-Lydia in Toledo
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From: "San D Hasselman" <email@example.com>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 12:03 PM
Subject: RE: [teacherartexchange] Stuffed Sea Monsters
I would use felt squares, and either glue or sew them into the shapes you
want stuffing them with fiber fill and painting them. (Think basic sea
monster shape, cut out two, sew them together, and then paint them.). Felt
is relatively inexpensive, easily attainable, and comes in squares or by the
yard. The colors are bright. You can embellish them with other pieces of
felt, fabric, etc, or just paint on the embellishments (i.e. scales).
> Some elementary students have been studying the early sea explorers and
> spice trade route in one of their other classes. Their teacher and i have
> talked about creating a temporary mural depicting the oceans and the sea
> monsters that were rumored to lie beneath. We were trying to brainstorm
> some kind of soft relief sculpture so the sea monsters appeared to be
> out from the wall. But not too far as it is a narrow hallway and anything
> that projects out to far will be broken.
> Any great ideas for a soft relief sculpture sea monster?
> Many thanks.
> Marissa Tiroly (Durango, CO)