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Re: cave paintings

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Clair/Lily Kerns (CWKerns)
Sun, 2 Nov 1997 20:49:36 -0600

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> Just a variation on the "wall" surface: Cut large chunks of white
> 36" rolled craft paper, crumple into balls and submerge into a 5 gal.
bucket of
> diluted black or brown tempera. Take them out, smooth just a little and
> Tear edges to naturalize shapes. The result is a neutral surface with an
> almost batik-like crackle that unifies the piece and resembles rock
> I have also crumpled paper bags and rubbed surface with dark crayon to
> accentuate the cracks when time was short. After surface is prepared, add
> images in whatever manner you wish. Displaying pieces overlapping on
> or classroom walls and ceiling simulates the cave-like atmosphere. judy

Fasten the paper to the underside of tables, and around the tables (helps
to back this part with cardboard if you can) then allow them to lie on
their backs and paint by flashlight. Later invite the younger classes to
take a "cave tour". They will love crawling through your "cave system" and
exploring by flashlight. It does help if you allow only a few to enter at
a time--and have a calm group.....


Lily Kerns CWKerns
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