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I confess..I am a professional pack rat (and that's a good thing for my
art classes). We are at the end of a thematic unit on animals in the
beginning classes and finishing with a wire animal scupture. In addition
to the 16-14 gau. mild steel wire I gave students, I have a huge bundle
of phone wire begged from a friend who repairs pay phones.
We have to cut the plastic casing off (which I do) to get to the bundles
of multicolor strands but the work is worth it. We have added colored
beads as well as the colored wire and students will paint the sculptures
(with a brush and acrylic paint) a color that reflects the mood of the
animal they wish to express.
Our artist example was Deborah Butterfield. Students loved her horse
sculptures and we talked about how they express her love of the animals
and how she sees them.
Its a good thing my husband is so patient with my junk collecting and we
have a big garage!!!
Corona del Mar High School
Newport Beach, CA
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