To contain the mess with plaster carving, stop by your
local grocery to pick up soda pop boxes. The short flat boxes
under 24 can cases. Use them like trays to contain the sculpture,
tools and the mess for each student. Duct tape the corners and
cover the opening in the bottom. Love those 7th and 8th graders.
I taught middle school for 27 years.
Terry Marney wrote:
> Hi! I'm new to the list. I'm a .5 art teacher in MA and I would love
> to hear more ideas for drawing classes. I've found that my 7th & 8th
> graders, as frustrated as they may get, really love the concrete drawing
> directions of how to draw a face in proportion....how to measure using a
> pencil, how to look at a still life and create a composition. It helps
> their pictures to get better and they see that. I haven't tried the
> plaster carving yet, but it sounds like fun...can't wait to try that!
> If using the small milk cartons, it would take less time than a larger
> sculpture. Working with that size, with middle school kids, it might be
> fun to research bugs and carve different types of insects. Any other ideas?