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Re: life-size sculptures

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Wed, 20 Oct 1999 18:38:09 -0400

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
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> 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!