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Lesson Plans

clay hands

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Gary Bogus (gbogus)
Sun, 22 Mar 1998 22:30:46 -0800

In digest #648, refence was made to a project about clay hands. One
exciting project I did with a Special Day Class for hearing impaired
children was to make plaster casts of their hands in the finger spelling
signs for the letters of their school's name. We used sodium alginate to
model the hands - it makes a very detailed mould, but is only good for one
positive cast. Each child made a letter. We then cast the letters in fine
casting plaster. They were so realistic! The final words were mounted on a
board and displayed in the office. We still have plans to cast the entire
manual alphabet. This brings to mind some topics about working with special
needs kids AND the noise level in many classrooms. At the school with the
special program for hearing impaired children ALL the kids in the school
learn sign, beginning in Kindergarten. It is great fun to make them all
communicate non-verbally when the noise level gets too loud! The down side
is that they can "talk behind your back" very easily if you don't sign!

A few interesting facts about non-hearing artists:

*The man who created the Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial was deaf,
and he has Lincoln holding his hands in the manual alphabet signs of his

* Granville Redmond, a noted California Impressionist, was the first
deaf-mute graduate of the California School for the Arts, now the San
Francisco Art Institute. His mentor was the sculptor Charles Tilden, who
was also deaf. (He attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris). Redmond was
a celebrated figure in California after the turn of the century, and
tutored Charlie Chaplin in using body language to communicate in the
new-fangled movies.

Remember to celebrate artists who have conquered disabilities!

J. in Berkeley