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8th Grade Visual Arts Display at 89th Street

The creative work of 8th Grade art students is front and center at 89th Street! The students’ cake print drawing and plaster hand sculpture exhibits are currently on display in the Big Dalton Lobby.
Inspired by the luscious dessert paintings of Wayne Thiebaud, the 8th Graders decorated the 89th Street Lobby with their cake prints.

To create these images, the students drew one tiered layer cake and a cake with one slice removed before transferring one of the line drawings to a printing plate, incising the image. Next, they rolled ink onto the plate and made one-color prints. Finally, they cut the plate apart into pieces like a jigsaw puzzle and inked each section a different color to create multi-color impressions. In addition, some students elected to draw back into the image with colored pencils.


The student-crafted hand sculptures represent part of a broader mold-making project. This was the students' first foray into mold-making, and they used alginate (a safe, life casting material) to make one-time-use molds of each of their hands. 

The students then learned how to mix and apply plaster and cast plaster into the molds. The hands are quite fragile, so some broke, but students learned how to repair the damaged portions. In addition, some students had time to apply paint to the plaster.

Following the hand project, students took on a more challenging assignment, crafting two-part silicone molds of reusable objects.

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