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Re: Linda...papier mache chairs


Date: Sun Nov 28 2004 - 15:48:54 PST

Yes Larry, I can send you some photos if I can find them, but like the
life sized figures, this one comes with a warning,'d better
want to do them forever! I'm not kidding. I MIGHT do them again some
day because they were so amazing when finished, but I can still remember
how S L O W L Y some of them worked during the papering part. The ideas
were awesome, the creativity was tops. I'll try to find the photos
again and post them, but don't say I didn't warn you, haha. It will be
a blast the first year, and probably the second, too. The third year,
you'll start to really feel for those kids who don't like it because it
takes so danged long. The fourth year, you'll probably see something
else you REALLY want to do, but wonder how in the world to stop doing
them when kids are coming up to you and telling you the first day of
school that they can't wait to make a PIZZA chair!!! and someone else
made a pizza chair last year, and the year before. Oh, I'll probably do
them again too someday, but it will be at a weak moment, haha. If you
don't want the cardboard to warp, you have to tape it off, which is the
worst part. A warped chair is NOT pretty. I did them with 5th graders.
Maybe slighly older kids could do them faster? I really mean it, it
took more than a quarter to do them. I justified it because there was
the design stage, they wrote about them, the building stage, the taping
and papering stage, and the painting stage. LOADS of teaching
opportunities here. Shoot, if you let me talk myself into these again,
Larry.... In this project's place I added the Oaxacan Wooden
animals...still a really fun building project. Not as wacky, but quite
creative and different. We're building the animals now. I'll post pics
soon, and I'll look for the chair pics. The theme of the chairs was
"when is a chair more than a chair?"

Linda Woods

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