SchoolArts Magazine

March 2015

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parts, but these can be repaired and contribute to the weird look of the sculptures. We embraced the ugliness and thoroughly enjoyed it. Preparing the Stuffed Animals The materials needed for this project are simple and easy to come by. Old stuffed toys can be brought in from home, but flea mar - kets and thrift stores are a good source, too. Choose toys that are about 8" (20 cm) tall and have limbs that are directly connected to the body (feel the joints to be sure). Have students carefully cut the toys apart between the ears or up the back of the head with scissors so that the stuffing can be removed. If their hands are too big to reach inside, students can cut a bit more or use needle-nose pliers to pull out the stuffing. Mixing the Cement Prepare an area in the art - room for mixing and using cement. It took three 60 lb. bags of a sand mix for us to fill twenty small stuffed animals (at the cost of four dollars per bag). Mix only what is needed at a time. Have everyone wear gloves as concrete is slightly caus - tic. We used four-ounce paint cups to measure the ingredients, and bowls and wooden spoons to mix the cement and water. Four, level scoops of cement and two not-quite-full scoops of water seemed to do the trick. The resulting con - crete should be the consis- tency of peanut butter—not soupy or crumbly. A little moisture is okay. Alex. 34 March 2015 SchoolArts

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