Groundnut Shell (Powder) As an Alternative Sculpture Material for Modelling, Casting and Carving: The Case of Salaga Senior High School, Ghana

Kenneth Dam Sakoalia, Dr. Joe Adu-Agyem, Dr. Mrs Dorothy Amenuke, Benjamin Deffor

Abstract


This study explored groundnut shell (powder) which is normally burnt or dumped in the environment as an alternative sculpture material for modeling, casting and carving. The researchers adopted quantitative and qualitative research approaches. Quasi experimental, action, descriptive and project based methods were also employed. Quota sampling was used to select 44 students out of 145 in the Department of Visual Arts, Salaga Senior High School. Interview and observation were used to collect data which were analyzed using tabulations, percentages, and descriptions. The findings revealed that groundnut shell (powder) is not toxic. It can be bond with cassava starch, styrofoam, white glue, contact adhesive glue type 99 and synthetic resin to produce works that are strong and easy to transport. The study is a pioneering project and has made a significant contribution to knowledge because no one has ever used groundnut shell (powder) to model, cast or carve a sculpture work in Ghana or elsewhere around the world. The recommendations include; sculpture tutors, students and industries in Ghana should make use of groundnut shell (powder) as an alternative material for modelling casting and carving which will reduce cost, deforestation, and environmental pollution. Curriculum Research and Development Division of Ghana Education Service should include groundnut shell in the teaching syllabus as one of the major sculpture materials since it is inexpensive and also suitable material.

 


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Key words: Groundnut shell (powder), modelling, casting, carving

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