Thanks for taking the time to explain this further.
I just realized your address says africa. Where? What's it like where you are? What are
your teaching conditions for art? Are you on a cart? What grades do you teach? What is the
teaching philosophy? For anyone else out there please share your situations.
I teach in New Jersey in the United States. Elementary Art K-5. The arts in the past have
been considered to be an extra and not as important as the 3 R's. Over the past year or
so I have seen a lot more respect for the arts. Our state has just adopted a plan that
emphasis the importance and value for the arts to all learning. In addition they have
adopted DBAE (Discipline Based Art Education-History, Criticism, Aesthetics and
Production) and Interdisciplinary teaching..
I presently teach in two schools. One school has a small room with a sink. In the other
school, I am on a cart from classroom to classroom. I manage to teach the same things on
and off the cart. I love teaching art and do not let the limitations of my situation
dictate how or what I should teach.
Thanks again for sharing
> Couching is a term for taking paper pulp off of a screen onto another
> surface. It is a papermaking term. Printmaking is possible to do on
> the plasticene - thanks for reminding me - it would be a nice
> contrast to create the paper first and then ink the plasticene before
> you put it back into the can. Couching refers to the part of
> the process of creating paper after dipping a screen into a vat of
> paper pulp (an old picture frame with screen door netting stretched across the surface
> will do), and after letting the water drain off, you flip it over onto another
> surface, removing the water, thereby creating handmade paper.
> Couching is taking it off the screen. To couch or not to couch, that
> is the question!
> There are several good papermaking books that have pictures.
> I hope this helps? Thanks for asking.
> Teresa Tipton
> Date: Thu, 07 May 1998 05:20:12 -0400
> From: Anitra Puntolillo <anitra>
> To: ttipton.tz
> Subject: Re: Couching over Plasticene
> Hi, your idea has intrigued me but I am afraid I am a bit ignorant to couching.
> What is it ? Are you printmaking off of the plasticine is the color from the
> different colors of the plasticine, does it pick up the texture you carved in
> the relief?
> I agree with Lee, pictures would really help this one.
> ttipton.tz wrote:
> > I have students make shapes from plasticene and put them onto
> > pieces of cardboard in the design they want. They then couch a piece
> > of paper separately onto a handiwipe. From there, you pick up the
> > couched paper on the handiwipe -
> > (you can pick it up and move it around without tearing or
> > destorying the paper unless there's too much water in it_ - and place
> > it over the plasticene. I use cardboard pieces for the backing because
> > I don't have access to plexiglas, but plexiglas is really the best.
> > It leaves an amazingly smooth surface texture around the shape
> > that cannot be achieved from any other material...When I was in the
> > states I could get plexiglas scraps free or very cheap from plastics
> > companies.
> > You sponge the paper over the shape from the back of the handiwipe.
> > Then as you lift up the handiwipe, help peel the paper off from the
> > handiwipe, leaving the paper over the form. I then use my fingers to
> > more firmly press into the details of the plasticene from what the sponge
> > didn't do. You have to keep in mind that the paper has to be thick if
> > the forms of the plasticene are 1/2 inch high or more. You can do the
> > multicolor process first and then couch over the plasticene. It's
> > also very effective to add bits of flowers etc. into the pulp on the
> > screen before it is couched, so that the final piece is a relief form
> > with lots of interesting surface textures/colors/shapes.
> > I have also squeezed out blobs of colored pulp and placed them over
> > the plasticene directly, making paper without a frame, using the
> > handiwipe and sponge over the top to squeeze out excess water. The
> > plasticene can be reused and is a good use for mixed up colors of
> > plasticene that get ugly from too much color mixing/use. The
> > handiwipes are very useful because
> > they can be thrown in the washing machine and cleaned up for next
> > use. They last quite a long time and are well worth the expense. I
> > have the students put a piece of masking tape on the handiwipe with
> > their name on it which helps later for easy identification. If you
> > are removing paper from the handiwipe when its dry, you can put the
> > tape on the back of the paper and sort by class. The tape
> > will pull up bits from handiwipe over time if it is left on there too
> > long and not removed afterwards, however. In this part of the world
> > they are called "J" cloths.
> > Does that help?
> > Thanks for asking!
> > Regards,
> > Teresa
> > From: Maahmaah <Maahmaah>
> > Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 18:53:46 EDT
> > To: ttipton.tz
> > Subject: Re: Mother's day projects
> > In a message dated 98-05-05 14:19:05 EDT, you write:
> > << I have also been using shapes made from plasticene to
> > create relief forms, and the hand can also be made from plasticene
> > with the paper couched over it with either the one or two color
> > process. Actually, today, I had some fourth graders do this method
> > with three colors. Way cool! >>
> > Hi, Teresa,
> > Great ideas! Can you please explain more of the process of how you use the
> > plasticene? I can't quite visualize what you are saying, and it sounds too
> > interesting to pass up. Too bad you can't e-mail pictures: )
> > -Lee