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Re: Wire sculptures/foil guys

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lindacharlie (lindacharlie)
Sun, 20 Sep 1998 09:19:04 -0500

I use the foil a little differently: regular aluminum foil double sheets
or one sheet of heavy duty, 12" wide by about 15" long. I use a scissors
to cut instead of tear once from the bottom to just under half way up
(the legs) then from the two top corners diagonally toward the center (2
arms and head). I have my students squeeze the "waist" in gently first,
then do the appendages. We talk about where the body bends (joints) and

Have done this with first grade but I do the cutting. Art hist. -
Giacometti's sculptures. Primary kids can stick these figures down on a
small piece of black poster board, make costumes out of scraps and/or a
vignette. Upper el kids can pose them (discuss figural proportion and
pos/neg space) wrap them with strips of pariscraft ala George Segal.
Sixth graders have posed them as Egyptian mummies, wrapped in pariscraft
and painted with gold tempera then used permanent fine markers to write
hieroglyph messages on them. Extension of this can be clay sarcophagi to
hold the mummies.

Cleveland Elementary
Livonia, MI

Kurt Hasselman wrote:
> One year one of my students decided to fill a whole showcase with 'little'
> people done out of wire. This took a long time, since the showcase is large.
> Everyone stopped to look at the 'masterpiece' when it was done, a kind of
> lilpeuchen (sp?--Gulliver's Travels) spectacle.
> croberts wrote:
> > Jeryl...after mine complete the foil sculpture, we wrap them with small
> > pieces of masking tape (and I caution them to press down the edges
> > carefully) and then we paint them with tempera paint. They add hair using
> > yarn. We hot glue them to small pieces of mat board. I had one student who
> > made her sculpture in the position of a skater with one foot down and the
> > other bent up behind her with her arms out as if she were skating...then she
> > glued pony beads to the feet for "roller blades".
> >
> > Carolyn Roberts
> >
> > >...(snip).... decided I should include some directions for the tinfoil
> > >man. Using heavy duty foil, regular size, I give each student about a
> > >12 inch piece. On the top edge, make two tears ( this can be tricky- go
> > >slow) going about 1/3 of the way down your rectangle of foil. They
> > >should be spaced apart equally so you have three strips the same width.
> > >The two strips on the outside will be your arms and the one in the
> > >middle will be your head. At the bottom make one tear in the middle
> > >that goes a little more than 1/3 of the way up. This will be your
> > >legs. Gently crumble the foil together to make the form. You always
> > >have a couple kids who pinch the foil into a scrunched up mess but most
> > >are successful. They love to pose their little guys standing by a glue
> > >bottle or holding a pencil or sitting on the edge of the desk and then
> > >they draw them in their sketchbooks. If they get the pieces of their
> > >man too pinched up so they fall off I take a small piece and make a
> > >"cast" and strengthen the arm or leg or sometimes the poor head!
> > >Jeryl in S.C.