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Re: plaster cast masks

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Thu, 13 May 1999 23:13:16 EDT

In a message dated 5/13/99 10:23:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Sue_Stewart writes:

As I am this day finishing the plaster cast unit, I have some ideas
that have not been brought forth yet. First, if you can afford it buy
some of the molds of faces for those who can't bear to have their faces
covered. I do use vasaline but the concern about allergies and acne is
real so the forms help there. All the catalogs carry them ;they are
very durable and last for years. My kids use papier mache to
personalize these very featureless faces.

Second, use the hand idea (archives ) for some children - the cast
hands have some great potential - I have a terrific piece that is hands
cameflogued (SP?) with the background , etc. This eliminates the worry
about skin. >>

I have been thinking about all these "pointers" and tricks to this whole
process of making a plaster mold of students faces. The emotional traumas
aside. And it IS traumatic to fear something in an almost paralyzing or
gripping sense (the claustrophobic ones). The purpose of this lesson began
with the design of an African (or any cultural group) Mask, right? The
imaginations should be kindled for THAT aspect of the process...not muddied
with any fears (pimples, allergic reactions, physical fears in general). I
am convinced that the purchase of the ready-made plastic masks that students
plaster over (instead of skin) is a justifiable one, now. Different
classroom situations are conducive to the "trust buddy" and touch system that
Bunki uses in CA, but perhaps the masks should be on hand for those
surprising situations to avoid any undue embarrassment to a student. Am I
mp in NY