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Interesting inspiration

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Bunki Kramer (
Fri, 9 May 1997 20:51:49 -0700

Hi....I'm really at odds as to whom to thank for that wonderful idea (a few
months ago) of using McDonald's cups, containers,fries and used crumpled
napkins as still-life projects. For my ART I class in middle school, the
homework assignment was to eat at a fastfood resturant and save their
garbage for class. After a week, we had enough 4 each 2 make their own
"sculpture" of containers, etc. (at least 5 things) glued to a 8x10" piece
of matboard. We used these still-lifes for fabulous cubist paintings
looking at them from diff. sides.

Instead of throwing out the "garbage", I put the sculptures up on the tippy
top shelves to "save" for whatever. Day before yesterday, I was looking at
them during a very bored moment and inspiration struck! I pulled one down
and raced for the spraycan. Sprayed it all flat "pink" and discovered some
lovely flat and curved spaces in values we can draw. Also, they would be
just outstanding painted in a Matisse...or black and white
patterning like op art ala Vasarely or Riley. The spraypaint makes a grand
base to paint on...covering the plastic-wax outer skin of the drink cups
and straws. Can't wait to try this!

Again, thanks whoever you are out there! What a great idea!!!! You made my day!

Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
Danville, California 94526

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