SchoolArts Magazine

October 2015

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23 the bright colors, but tempera would work if that is what you have. Have students add texture to some of the areas with dry brushes, sea sponges, or any available print - ing objects. Empty pill bottles and caps are good for printing circles. Students can also outline and add details with colorful 3D paints and/ or paint markers. Encourage exten - sive embellishment. Adding a Base To add a base, have students attach a "stem" to the back of the face with hot glue. Make sure the size of the stem matches the size of the face for both aesthetics and stability. We have used everything from pencils to dow - els to old rulers. Next, choose a container for the base. We have used everything from flowerpots to shampoo bottles to empty candle jars. The container needs to have some weight to bal - ance the weight of the face, so use up things from your stash such as rocks, marbles, sand, and rice to fill the container. Next, stick the stem in the middle and pour white glue over it. Extensions Advanced or older students could add another face to the backs of their sculptures. Alternatively, students could give their sculptures creative names and write artist statements. I've tried different versions of this lesson depending on the amount of time and supplies available. We have made sculptures as large as 4' tall, as well as miniature size. Students have had success with fused glass, clay, metal tooling foil, scrap wood, and shrink art. The resulting artworks have received lots of attention wher - ever they have been displayed. Donna Staten is a K– 5 art teacher at Gat- tis Elementary in Round Rock, Texas. She is currently serving on the teacher advi - sory council of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. donna_ staten@ roundrock - N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K staten/10/759/2b9

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