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DEC 2014

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30 December 2014 SchoolArts Middle School Studio Lesson their sculptures. Working from their images, students drew the main body parts and legs on cardboard, then cut them out and used masking tape and newspaper to connect them together. In order to "fatten" their dog forms, students crumpled newspaper and used masking tape to form the mus- cles of the animals, using just enough to attach and manipulate it into the desired shape. Building Dogs To prep for this project, I had students research and print pictures of the dogs they wanted to create. Using online images and books, students sketched their subjects to gain a general under- standing of dog anatomy. After choosing a simple pose for their sculptures, such as profile or sitting, students used their dog photo references to create armatures for I love dogs. As a kid, I had two Labrador Retrievers who really enriched my life. Living with ani - mals teaches you so much about care, civic responsibility, and social interactions, so I decided to use my love for dogs as inspiration for a unit called Bark Avenue, a papier-mâché, glue, and masking-tape buffet that would culminate with an art show ben - efitting the Hawaii Humane Society. While developing this unit, my initial concern was finding an inno - vative way of creating papier-mâché' sculptures, as I was tired of dipping newspaper strips in glue paste. I found my answer while reading Make Ani - mal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay by Jonni Good (Wet Cat Books, 2011), which details how to create a unique paste. Jeff Tam Living with animals teaches you so much about care, civic responsibility, and social interactions. AVENUE BARK Adding Papier-Mâché' Now for the messy part! Using the papier-mâché formula from Jonni Good's book (detailed in the sidebar), students prepared several of batches in large, plastic ice-cream containers. Working on paper-protected tables, students covered their canines with the paste, which resembled thick frosting. They used plastic and metal knives and their fingers to mold the paste into the desired shapes. When the dogs were complete and dry, stu- dents used acrylic paint to seal the sculptures. Through this process, students experienced the physical and time

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