Re: [art_education] Sculpture on a thread - check your community
- Thanks! My cogwheels are turning now! I'd love to see the power point!
Judith Decker <jdecker4art@...> wrote:
Dear Art Educators,
For low cost and free materials, check your community.
A lot can be done with corrugated cardboard - you will
find an endless supply at appliance stores, department
stores - check around.
Dow Board is great for sculpture - check local
contractors for scraps. Purchase additional that you
need (very affordable).
Check building supply places in your area... I got
bags of plaster donated. I even got plaster gauze
bandages donated from a medical supply place
(purchased some - got some free kind of deal)
Check manufacturing in your area... I got a big bolt
of copper wire donated before Westinghouse closed.
Check phone company - many will donate wire.
Check paint supply stores - many will donate paint
Check picture frame shops for scraps of foam core
board and mat board.
Are there any nearby colleges? You might be able to
negotiate a deal for your clay. I got mine from a
nearby college for years - much cheaper than ordering
through supply catalogs.
Are there any mill shops? You can get interesting wood
pieces by going through their scarp bins. Also check
contractors for scrap wood. There might be some
crafters in your school community too that will donate
I did some very good totem sculptures with assorted
boxes, pringles cans, tin cans etc.
Bottle people (from recycled bottles) can be a hit at
any age. Tie in Marisol. Any kind of recycled
sculpture project. Collect "stuff" then turn the kids
loose. Can be taped together - then paper mached (You
might be able to get free wheat paste froma local
paint/wallpaper store)- use newpspare and paper towel
end rolls (check with your custodians if you have that
brorwn paper toweling).
"Screamers" can be done low budget and are a hit with
all ages. Low budget approach uses paper mache and
cloth strips (can all be donated).
Lots of places to get free styrofoam packing
materials....Great for all sorts of sculpture projects
- plaster addition with gauze - or paper mache.
Send out "wish lists"...asking for materials to be
donated. Include masking tape on that list (as you
will need lots for paper mache) - also aluminum foil.
Hope this helps. I have a PowerPoint from a teacher
who did a recycled materials project. I can send it to
you off list. Let me know.
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