________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 16 . . . . April 12, 2002

cover Sculpture Vultures: How to Make Fabulous Sculptures From Used Paper.

Susan Rennick Jolliffe and Jane Ellens.
Burnstown, ON: General Store Publishing House, 2000.
112 pp., spiral bound, $18.95.
ISBN 1-894263-29-4.

Subject Headings:
Paper sculpture.
Paper work.

Grades 1 and up / Ages 6 and up.

Review by Ann Abel.

**** /4

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I began designing these projects as a volunteer in my children's elementary school in the mid-1980s. The school needed art projects that were safe and environmentally sound, captured the imagination of the students, inexpensive, taught art fundamentals and were simple to communicate. They were a big hit. I have taught these techniques to thousands of children and adults over the past 10 years.

Let's look at this book, first of all, from the viewpoint of a student of any age. It contains over 100 pages of amazing, interesting sculpture projects! These include a variety of masks, headdresses, marionettes, boxy creatures, folded figures and cone figures. Extra sections explain how to decorate the finished sculpture and how to include a variety of noses, ears, eyes, tails, wings and horns! There are excellent, easy-to-follow written instructions as well as clear and concise diagrams outlining all the steps. Some of the instructions are even humourous:

      "**Warning** Failure to read instructions below may result in terminal nose droop or even the dreaded loss of proboscis" (p. 40)

     Students will undoubtedly enjoy these imaginative sculptures, with minds eager to create and fingers itching to cut, glue and build! Made by beginners, perhaps, yet the finished products (there are some photos included) definitely look professional!

     There is a great deal here for teachers as well. In fact, the book would be useful not just in a classroom, but at home, at camp, in a boys' or girls' group, in an institutional setting - anywhere you want to get creative juices flowing! There are notes and useful tips for teachers which are especially helpful for those who are teaching art without any specific background training. The overview of each project gives pragmatic suggestions such as what type of glue to use or the best ratio of staplers to students. There are notes regarding the relative difficulty of each project and how to alter the project for a specific grade level. An approximate idea of how much class time is needed is also given. All projects are imaginative yet safe for even young children. With each, there is a list of the materials and tools required, including templates for the folding figures. Because the projects use primarily recycled paper and cardboard, costs are minimal. Teachers will find that making these fabulous sculptures can be integrated with much of the curriculum, for instance math, creative writing, drama or science. The only restriction is the imagination of the teacher and students!

     Author Susan Rennick Jolliffe is a multi-media artist who has created a book which will appeal to students and which is also an excellent classroom support for teachers. Its spiral binding makes it lie flat which is so practical for a 'how-to' book. The book is god value since there are hours of projects included for any age group for a price of only $18.95. This is a wonderful resource which combines the skills of following instuctions, building and problem solving with aesthetic creativity. A winner!

Highly recommended.

Ann Abel is a former teacher of high school English and French who is currently the teacher-librarian at Peterborough Collegiate in Peterborough, ON.

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