Posted by: dbjaquith | April 6, 2014

Papier-mâché

These paper mache sculptural creatures admire the 2nd grade mural.

These paper mache sculptural creatures admire the 2nd grade mural.

Second graders (and soon third graders) have been working hard on papier-mâché sculptures. Sculpture is different than the work students typically do at our 3D Design Studio. There, students innovate to design functional objects, machines, architectural designs, vehicles, and occasionally fashions.

Papier-mâché sculpture begins with an armature made of recycled materials.

Papier-mâché sculpture begins with an armature made of recycled materials.

Sculpture is similar to painting, in which an art idea takes on three-dimensional form with a purely aesthetic purpose in mind. Most of the sculptures created by second graders are creatures of some sort, though often the species is not determined until the artist paints the sculpture. These vibrant beings will be on display in the glass cases on the first floor.

The paste is very slimey to the touch, part of its appeal to many.

The paste is very slimey to the touch, part of its appeal to many. Strips of newspaper, coated in the paste, are wrapped around the armature to create a universal surface covering which is painted when dry.


Responses

  1. Nice work – do the kids help to clean up after??


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