Back when I taught art, we made small sculptures. I mixed up a slew of plaster and perlite and filled paper cups. The kids were given an old butter knife and a large nail. This is a the sculpture I made at home, experimenting before I solidified the lesson. I used a sharper, pointier knife for this one. The preparation that went into that lesson was a bit much considering having to make a plaster form for students K through 6 in two or three schools--hundreds of plaster forms! I remember having to make them in my garage on a winter stormy day with winds blowing strong. It was cold, wet and plaster was slow to set--it was a miserable day of prep--I remember it well! The lesson itself was a good one. I was given the idea from another art teacher. The children loved grinding away on their sculptures and drilling holes. The following week we painted them with watercolors--painting on plaster is great--the color is so bright and vibrant. I had to have extra plaster cups for the children who ground their first one down to dust.
Watercolor 7"x 7"
$80 matted / $120 matted & framed
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