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Plaster gauze masks--in progress!


Date: Fri Nov 30 2001 - 18:39:31 PST

A couple of weeks ago I asked for suggestions re: how to best mount plaster gauze masks onto boards. Thanks again for the suggestions, and please take a look at what these awesome kids are coming up with for this project!

They are SO enthused about this--sketching, planning, and coming in after school to work. They're foraging around the room, gathering an incredible assortment of materials (including wire) that are up for grabs for this project, and grappling with issues such as balance, proportion and so much more. Ditto what Woody said earlier about the creative problem solving that occurs in art!!

I can't wait to see some of their finished masks because some of their ideas (even some masks not pictured yet) have just amazed me.

Best news is that no one had any problem as a result of the plaster being on their face. Worst news is what will go down as one of my biggest "duh" maneuvers since I've been teaching at this school:

Some kids wanted to make hands to go along with their faces. Cool idea, right? And I DID this before a couple of years ago. For WHATEVER the reason, it didn't even cross my mind to remember that you can't wrap the entire hand and fingers with plaster gauze..... While not as thick as a traditional cast for a broken wrist, they were almost as impossible to get off!

The kids had helped each other do this, and they were on so well that it was really difficult (and scary) to try to stick scissors into the wrist area to cut the darn things off. Bell rang and I still had 4 in casts. They were late for their next classes, one missed a test, and other teachers were less than pleased..... OH WELL! It was a pretty effective learning experience for all of us, and now we better know how to do (and how NOT to do) hands!

I'll post again when I put up the finished masks. :-)