SchoolArts Magazine

March 2017

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dant, ring, or detail of one of these. Students attached their drawings to a 9 x 12" (23 x 30 cm) 26-gauge aluminum sheet with masking tape. They placed the aluminum sheet on a felt pad and traced the entire design to transfer it to the sheet. The sketch was removed and the metal was "tooled" with the felt remaining under the metal sheet. Students used wooden styluses and clay tools to draw and push into the metal sheet - ing, supported by the felt cushion. Inking, Scrubbing, Buffing When the repoussé was finished, the next step was to coat the entire metal sheet with India ink and let it dry for a minimum of twenty-four hours. The final step was to clean the metal sheet with a minimal amount of water, using a green scrubbing sponge and scrubbing lightly to preserve the relief. I directed students to leave the India ink in the recessed areas so that the details of their designs would show through. Finally, they buffed the raised and plain areas surrounding their designs using paper towels. Framing Egyptian Jewelry To enhance their jewelry designs, students created frames for their work using black paper, metallic permanent markers, and metallic colored pencils. We reviewed the term "border design" (a repeated image that runs around the edge of something) and researched Egyptian border designs found on the walls of tombs, clothing, and jewelry. Students then created a border design that best enhanced their jewelry design. They transferred their bor- der designs to the black paper using white pencils, traced the lines with metallic marker, and chose the metal- lic colored pencils that best suited their design. Students developed an apprecia- tion of the knowledge and artistry o f the ancient Egyptians and were recognized by teachers, staff, and fel- low students who were in awe of the E gyptian-inspired jewelry reliefs they created. Barbara Hildebrandt is a K– 5 art teacher in Bergenfield, New Jersey. bhildebrandt@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Conceiving and developing new artis- tic ideas and work. W E B L I N K Students developed an appreciation of the knowledge and artistr of the ancient Eg ptians. Reanna Lavallen, grade five. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 37

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