This was the final project in my sculpture unit for 7th grade. It has been a big hit and has even made my Studio class jealous! After we did the wire sculptures, I broke the students up into groups and had them research a sculpture artists. They had three class periods to research and compile notes to share with the rest of the class. They then had two days to present their findings. Once that research project was complete and students had been quizzed on the artists (which they actually did very well on!), we started this George Segal inspired project.
It took three art periods for the students to cast each other's hands in the plaster. I used Plastkraft plaster strips...which are very similar to the Blick version here on their website. (I had almost 10 boxes of the Plastkraft stuff when I started teaching...I think it was ordered through Boces and haven't been able to find a link to the exact stuff I'm using.) We took one entire art period to cut up a box of plaster into three different sized strips...large ones to cover their arms, medium ones for the wrist and hand, and small strips to wrap around the fingers. Next, they were split into groups of three. Two students covered another's arm and hand. As a safety precaution and to prevent plaster burns, the model was required to wear a plastic glove and then wrapped their arm and wrist in saran wrap.