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A&E.A Studio Project

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Curt Stinson (curt)
Sun, 23 Nov 1997 15:49:59 -0700

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Cathy L, Kim E., Ashley P. and I are in the midst of developing a unit
for a 3rd grade class focusing on "healing the environment." We have
introduced the issue of recycling and the importance of trees in our
environment. (We have referred to Joseph Beuys 7000 Oaks project.) As
part of the unit, we have developed the following studio project.
Please give us your feedback, suggestions, etc.

The studio project is divided into 2 parts. Part I focuses on making
recycled paper which will, in turn, be used for Part II of the studio
project. Part II of the studio project will involve a print-making
technique--monoprints of trees on the recycled paper.

PAR I: Recycled Paper

Materials: 2 full newspaper pages torn into 2-inch squares; food
processor; 2 TBSP white glue; 2-3 cups water; sink with 4 inches water;
old panty hose; coat hangers; electric iron.
Optional: insect screen; strainer; food coloring; dryer lint.

Basically, we would make the recycled paper using the recipe found on
the following web site (

Briefly, the steps for making the paper are as follows:

1. Undo coat hanger and make flat square (6x6 inches). Stretch
panty hose leg over frame until it is tight and flat. Tie knots on each
end of the hose.
2. Put handful of newspaper and some water into food processor.
Close and turn on high. Keep adding paper until big gray blob forms.
Keep the food processor on until all the paper has disappeared. Then,
leave it on for 2 minutes.
3. Put the glue in the sink water and all the paper pulp from
the food processor. Mix well with hands.
4. Mix up the sink water again and then scoop the frame to the
bottom of the sink. Lift it real slow. Count to 20 slowing while
lifting. Let the water drain out for about 1 minute. Mix up the sink
every time you make a new piece.
5. Hang the frames on a clothesline or in the sun to dry
completely (with no dampness). Then, gently peel off the paper.
6. Teachers should then iron - set on hottest setting - to
steam out the paper.

PART II: Monoprint

Material: recycled paper; matte board (large pieces); gesso acrylic
medium; water base ink and/or tempura paint; braier; rolling pin;
Q-tips; paper towels; paint brushes; water; aprons or oversized shirts;
blotting sheets (rages); green yarn; hole punch.

Due to time, Steps #1 and #2 should be completed by the teacher prior to
beginning Part II of this studio project. Students will resume with
Step #3.

1. Cut 25 4x6 matte boards.
2. Prepare each board by applying 5 layers of gesso acrylic
medium. (Each coat should dry before applying the next coat.)
3. Apply water base ink or tempura paints to matte boards with
a braier. They can then use Q-tips, fingers, paper towels, paint
brushes to wipe away their tree design. (This is a subtractive
process.) NOTE: Should students make a mistake, they can fix it by
adding paint to cover up and redo.
4. Soak the recycled paper in water so it is damp.
5. Put damp paper between 2 blotting sheets (rags).
6. Use rolling pin to blot out excess moisture by rolling on
top of blotting sheet.
7. Put dampened paper on top of matte board (which has tree
design) and apply pressure with rolling pin.
8. Gently peel paper from matte board and design should appear
on paper. Let it dry completely for 1-2 days.
9. On a second piece of recycled paper, students will have
already written a poem they have created regarding trees. Once the
monoprint has dried completely, students will use the monoprint as the
cover and attach it to page No. 2 (the poem) by punching 2 holes down
the lefthand side and attaching with green yarn.

Thanks again for any input.

Susan S., Cathy L., Kim E., and Ashley P.

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