8 October 2011

Crafts inspired by a museum trip

We are lucky to have lots of great museums in our city and recently we went with our home education group to the Museum of Classical Archaeology, which houses a collection of plaster casts of Greek & Roman sculpture. We took sketchbooks with us.

Cast of the Farnese Herakles

Then last weekend we made our own plaster cast using a vinyl glove and plaster of Paris. We poured the plaster of Paris into the glove, tied it with an elastic band and used two more elastic bands to hang it up outside while it set.

When the plaster had set we cut off the vinyl glove,

and Sunnyboy painted the hand.

By this time the hand was missing a couple of fingers and, as many of the casts in the museum were also missing fingers, limbs and other body parts, we thought it looked quite authentic.

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  1. What a fun idea! I would love it if you could stop by and share it on The Sunday Showcase - A weekly child-centered link-up? It would be great to have you!

  2. This is very cool! My kids would love it =)

    Thanks for linking up to Learning Laboratory, also!

  3. Oooh you may have seen that we went to an art gallery recently too. I think it is great to get children interested in art and museums. Love your craft!

    Thanks for linking on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. Again love it- shared it on FB!

  5. We've never done plaster casting before, but it looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday : )
    Hope you'll come back again later this week!

  6. oooh, what a great idea, I have never done plaster casting before either. Something else for my list! xx

  7. Thanks again for joining Fun for kids Friday last week. I'll be featuring your post on tomorrow's linky. I hope you stop by and check it out! Have a great weekend.

  8. Thanks LocalFunForKids :)

  9. Love your hand activity - what a great idea. I'm going to pin this to try with my kids :-)