I used to divide class into groups: water people(get water for slurry,
keep blender supplied, mop up spills etc.) , plant people (cut up plant
material, cut up linters, separate piles, take stuff to blender etc),
blender people (must be really reliable, receive training otherwise
blenders burn out), and hammer people (these usually boys, send them
outside to hammer plants ((helps separate cellulose from plant
material). There is also a hand-out with notes and a question sheet for
anyone who is stalled or idling. Everyone got a turn to pull the sheets
and couch them (I had about 4 screens and two slurries). Couching took
place on a board which after many layers of papers and blankets, I
could easily pick up and move when the next class was coming. The
process is a bit wild at first, but comes together. Don't forget to
have kids write their names on masking tape to stick near papers or
ownership will be completely lost.
On Sep 12, 2005, at 10:05 AM, Sue Cosgrove wrote:
> I am planning on doing papermaking with my classes this year, I teach
> K-4 art. I have never done papermaking and am trying to order
> supplies for the project. I plan to make it out of our scraps and
> left over paper. Dick Blick has a Arnold Grummer's Pour Handmolds
> kit. Says you can pour the pulp directly into it for faster results.
> There is also the Arnold Grummer's Tin Can Papermaking kit suppose to
> work with a class. I also found instructions on the internet saying
> make your own deckles our of wood. I thought I might try canvas
> stretchers for frames. The last teacher left a paper press here so I
> have that I can use. I was planning on ordering extra couch sheets.
> I assume I will be the one that has to do most of the work on this.
> They can help me to tear up the paper for the pulp and stuff. Would
> the pour Handmolds be best and let two kids work with them at a time?
> I would appreciate all advice. I need to put my order in today if
> possible so please email you advice quickly.
> Sue Cosgrove
> Art Teacher
> Carroll Elementary School
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