ricki fromkin wrote: > > Michelle H. Harrell wrote: > > > > Hello fellow artsednetters! > > > > Next week, I'm starting my 7th and 8th graders on an outreach project for > > the Rodin exhibit coming to NC next year. We're going to research civil > > rights heroes and do life-size sculptures to pay tribute to them based on > > the way Rodin did the Burghers of Calais. > > > > I'm pumped about the idea but I have no idea where to start. I've bought a > > huge roll of chicken wire and tons of plaster gauze. I thought we'd make an > > armature of the wire and cast our body parts. Has anyone out there in > > cyberland done life size sculptures before? Any suggestions? > > > > Michelle H. Harrell > > michelle_h_harrell > > North Garner Middle School > > Garner, North Carolina > > > > Visit the ARTmosphere at http://artmosphere.homepage.com > > > > ______________________________________________________ > > Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com > > Michelle, > > I did a life size sculpture based upon Niki de St. Phalles' "Nana" > figures a few years back. It was a lot of work, but rewarding. i made > the armature out of chicken wire, stuffed it with newspaper, and used > plaster in achieving the final form. I had never done anything like > this before, so there might be an easier way. It took a long time to > dry, and was extremely heavy to move. I finished it with brightly > colored latex paint. > > it might be easier to make the armature out of wood and wrap newspaper > around it using masking tape. You can use plaster strips instead of > regular plaster, but the finish won't be as smooth so you might have to > sand it down before finishing. It might be worth investigating using > old newspaper clippings decoupaged on the surface. I did this once for a > sculpture I worked on representing the holocaust. I printed old NY > Times headlines and transposed them to newsprint on a xerox machine. > Then I used Mod Podge to fix them onto the body of the sculpture. it > came out great. > > Ricki
Actually, I'm replying to my own reply because i just realized I forgot
about soaking burlap in my plaster to put over my chicken wire. I also
incorporated this technique into my art making. Thanks Joseph who
reminded me by reading his reply. It's been a long week and day!