Paper Mache is messy business in grades 1-5, but it is so rewarding when your artwork comes to life! I have guided children through creating everything from a giant reading cave to the smallest of snakes with Paper Mache. I use very basic materials and always have success. Some students enjoy the feel of it and others find it disgusting. Be prepared for this as you work through your project.
Materials: Newspaper, Good Quality Masking Tape, Flour, Water, Salt, Paint, (Clear Paint Sealer optional)
* Use the Newspaper and Tape to create a form.
* Continue adding each element to your form until your art work is the shape you desire.
* Make your paper mache paste by mixing the flour and water until it is the consistency of a very thick gravy. Add a few teaspoons of salt as a preservative. I use one container of paper mache paste for about every three or four students depending on their grade level.
* Rip the newspaper in strips.
* Dip the newspaper into the paste. Remove excess paste and put the newspaper onto your form.
* Let dry and do another layer. I like the students to do two or three layers.
* If they are painting their artwork a light color I let them use white paper from the recycle bin for their final layer. This takes few less coats of paint as you are not trying to cover newsprint with your paint.
* Once the paint drys add the fine details such as eyes, claws, etc...
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