This project is meant for students at the upper level. They use a modified casting process using plaster to create the hand casts, just like George Segal. Then, they have to use their imaginations to turn their hands into something else!
10 sessions; 40 minutes per session
1. SWBAT work cooperatively in groups to create hand-casts.
2. SWBAT identify the works of George Segal.
3. SWBAT demonstrate their painting skills with acrylic paint.
Day 1: Students spend the period cutting up plaster strips into three different sizes. Large strips to wrap the arms, medium strips for the wrist and hand, and small strips to wrap the fingers.
Day 2-3 (4): Students split into groups of 2 or three, depending on how big your class is. Each day, the partners/group work on wrapping a students hand cast. Warm water sets the plaster sooner. Have the person who is the model put a plastic glove on and wrap their arm/wrist with saran wrap to avoid plaster burns. The students should wrap the arm/hand in about 15 minutes, leaving 15 minutes for the plaster to set, and then 10-15 minutes for the teacher to cut a slit in the arm of the cast so that students can slide their arms out. The student must then patch up the slit with plaster.
Days 5: Have students fill out the planning sheet in their packet to come up with the idea of what they are going to turn their white hand cast into.
Day 6: Students prime their casts with gesso.
Day 7: Students paint their hand casts with a base color.
Day 8-10: Students paint their design/image onto their hand casts.
See rubric at the end of the attached sculpture packet.
***Only allow students to wrap the arm in TWO LAYERS of plaster. Any more and it is nearly impossible to cut through the plaster to get the casts off. If they are thin once the casts come off, they can simply add another layer of plaster while they patch up the cut.
***I used this project with 7th graders and it worked out well. My Studio kids (9th grade) were jealous of the project!
**This was the final project in my sculpture unit. Before this, we did wire sculptures and did a short, group research projects on sculpture artists. The artists we researched can be found in the attached packet.
Visual Arts Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
Visual Arts Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions
[5-8] Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas
[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems
Visual Arts Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life