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Lesson Plans

question / hot glue with wood on wood

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kbang (kbang)
Wed, 06 Oct 1999 11:20:37 +0100

I've designed a project for a sculpture lesson for 1st through 5th
graders. The project involves interpreting leaf arrangements (opposite,
alternating spiral and whorl) on a collaborative wood sculpture.

Students, in groups of 4 will, receive a prefabricated 30" 2 x 4 fixed
to a wooden base. Each student is given 5 or 6 wood scraps (which we
obtain from an artist who fabricates wood relief sculptures, they are
great, odd, band-saw cut shapes with good curves and angles) which are
between 3 and 10 inches long, 2 to 4 inches wide.

Students must decide as a team what pattern of placement they are going
to use. Nature's leaf arrangements are only a suggestion, they are
encouraged to decide their own pattern if they choose to do so.

Each student then determines what order their pieces will follow, from
bottom to top. When the group is ready, they bring their components to
the Art Teacher's glue station and the pieces are glued to the "stem"
with a hot glue gun.

THIS IS MY QUESTION: On the test sculpture we made half of the pieces
came off when the sculpture was transported. Does any one know how to
insure that these smaller horizontal pieces stay fixed to the 30" 2 x 4
? Is their a more permanent, vigorous hot glue stick? Can we combine
wood glue around the outer edge of the surface to be affixed and a big
glob of hot glue in the middle? Do we come back to the pieces after
class and squeeze wood glue around the edges of each piece where it's
attached? Any suggestions?

I want to avoid nailing anything, or sanding / rasping surfaces, as well
as avoid anything that makes this project significantly more labor
intensive than it already is.

To visualize our ultimate goal: the plan is to have about 120 of these
pieces by spring and have an imaginary forest installation sculpture
(they look like wild heads of wheat) on the school grounds (maybe the
center of our green soccer field) during our end of the year art show.

Any help would be greatly appreciated (we start next Tuesday!)

Thank you.

Lynn Robb

Santa Monica, CA

e-mail: kbang