Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Paper Mache Creatures

Students in grades 7 and 8 art were challenged to create new creatures by combining several animals, birds, fish,and reptiles into one.

First they began by creating two dimensional coloured drawings.

Next they had to consider how their creature would look like from various angles.

Then they built armatures from newspaper, bags and cardboard.

Adding paper mache was next.  Students covered their sculptures with a least two to three layers, alternating the direction of the strips each time.

A final layer of clear newsprint was applied.

Then the new creatures were brought to life with paint and accessories.

I use wallpaper paste when making paper mache.  Usually I don't have any students reacting to it, but, if they do, a simple solution is for them to wear protective gloves.

Before mixing, I line an ice cream bucket with a plastic bag (check for holes first!), then add the water and paste.

I use a large whisk for mixing and then a ladle to distribute the paste into smaller containers.

At the end of class, excess paste is returned to the bucket and the lid added.  It will keep for a day or two.

When it is done, the leftover is left in the bag, sealed and tossed.

Students wipe out their containers with paper towels before washing so no paste goes down the drain.

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