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Re: plaster of paris


From: kavita ghai (kavitaghai2002_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Nov 29 2002 - 07:56:15 PST

imade the negativ in clay the positive in plaster but this is not posible if you don't have clay,i'll surely let u know if something else comes to my mind,
but one thing i'm sure of ,its easier to deal with kindergarten kids they can surely be asked to be patient ,than the all the best.
kavita wrote:Kavita,
So you used clay and Plaster?My only problem is the school does not have clay, we are limited.
I was going to buy the plaster-they will reimburse me. I am not sure what to put the plaster in-pie tins or what? who to poor the plaster quick enough that it doesn't harden before I get to everyone. I ended up finding out with the 7th graders I had to make up small batches of the plaster. This took a long time but it was the only way it worked. I am not sure how patient the kindergarteners will be. Sometimes they surprise me though.

From: kavita ghai <>
Reply-To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 17:22:21 +0000 (GMT)
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Subject: Re: plaster of paris


i have a method i have used in class...i made a small slab of wet clay ,tok an impression of hand or just dug out a negative of the form we wanted,around the slab build clay walls so that when plaster is poured on it ,it doesn't spill out.after the plaster dries just remove the clay.we mix little amts of plaster in small bowls ,it a real messy work but children love the mess,and they realy enjoy putting their hands in plaster and mixing it.

i did a lot of works with my beginners ,they really enjoyed it ,it was always magic to them ,though initially i had problems explaining to them to make the negative but when i did for them once or twice they understood the magical trick.and its no magic to them anymore.

this was better than clay first it was plaster so it could be painted and their is no risk of breaking while baking as in clay .and we could display their work as soon as they painted it.

kavita wrote:
Does anyone have a recommendation on how to use plaster of paris with a
class? I would like to make molds of their hands but I had a bad experience
when I used it
with the 7th graders. I made a huge batch and it hardened before I got it
out of the bucket.
It was a mess. My niece has one she did in pre-school and my sister loved
it. NO clue on how
to organize something like this???
Tracy Conley

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