Submitted by: Mary Bolyard Grade level: Middle School
Students were given a choice of supplies for the armature - wire, cardboard, plastic bags, newspaper. After the basic form was constructed, the 8th graders covered the form with Plast'R Craft. After applying that as a skin, they used found objects to create an interesting surface. They brainstormed quite a few ideas as possibilities for found objects. Optional: Apply a base coat of Acrylic Paint before gluing objects.
List of possible Junk to add: Cards, game pieces, buttons, Fabric patches (applied with Mod Podge), candy wrappers/gum wrappers, candy, nuts and washers, candy, fruit loops, pasta, paper clips, rubber bands, bottle caps, crackers, pennies (if a students wants to furnish), shells, seeds, beans. (Note: food items may need a protective seal to keep insects away). You may place the found objects on the sculpture either before or after the plaster dries. Of course if you apply it after it dries, you will need to affix them with adhesive. Check a recycling center near you for all sorts of metal gadgets. There are recycling centers in almost every city.