Paper Mache Animals: Grade 7 and 8
This was all about the process and it was amazing. The students chose any animal they liked. They then sketched the animal out from two different views. Side full view and front view. From their sketch they made a 3D animal out of paper and tubes. They then used tinfoil to wrap the paper and tubing in place and many used tape to secure or hot glue. It was fascinating to see whose sketch actually resembled their object once constructing began. Many animals changed as the building of the animal transpired and it was incredible to watch them think like artists. Not one student got frustrated when their design didn't resemble their sketch. They just reevaluated and kept creating. They, then wrapped their 3D animals in paper mache strips. This took about 2 classes for them to mold. After the drying stage, they painted their animals in whatever colors they wanted and added embellishments, like feathers or google eyes, if they wanted. The final step was to name their animal and display proudly in the hall. What a fantastic project that the entire class had a fun time doing!