When I was a student teacher 3 years ago, I gave a history of the Cow Parade and used the display in Kansas City that was done several years ago to use as example images. Making the Kansas City display prominent in my information wasn't crucial, but made it seem more relevant to my students since we live in Kansas. I had my students draw a cow and then draw in a photo that paid homage to a famous artist. Then they added color with colored pencil or paint.
The results I saw were pretty neat and I've always wanted to do something similar to this again. When I moved to my school and started my job I couldn't quite figure out how to make the project different but see similar results. Over the summer I thought it would be cool to find a plastic mold that could be used and filled with plaster of paris. My school's mascot is the buffalo so I thought doing a buffalo instead of a cow would fit a little better. I searched for a long time but finally found a mold!
I think the results were good but the process was a little hairy! We used about twice as much plaster of paris than I thought we would need and the results when my students mixed were very inconsistent. Half of my students worked on this project while the other half worked on the CD printmaking so I was floating around the room a lot. While mixing the plaster my students didn't always have direct supervision and I believe this resulted in a few mishaps where the plaster/water ratio wasn't quite right because the plaster hardened very quickly. After a while things seemed to work out much better but we used A LOT of plaster and it was a HUGE mess and a few had some minor breakage!
If I did this project again, I'd like to find something different rather than plaster to fill the molds.
I would like to display these somehow but I don't have a display case and I'm not sure how else to display them so I may just end up sending them home.
Here are some of my favorites:
|Vincent Van Gogh|
|This one is done by a regional artist, I believe from Texas. I can't remember his name, but|
one of my boys was indecisive but found this and is really into farming/country life so I let
him do this one.