Christine Thornton's Art Studio

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Paper Mache Animal Masks

Art Start September 2012

Art Start students made paper mache animal masks. They started by sketching their animals, then used recycled cardboard to build armatures, adding 3D elements with tape, aluminum foil and newspaper (above left and center). Then they spent two classes adding layers of paper mache, dipping newspaper strips in wheat paste and spreading them over the armature, allowing the mask to dry between layers. When finished, the masks are lightweight yet hard and strong (above right). The final step was to paint with tempera (below left).  Finished masks can be worn (like Abby and Sophie, below right) or hung on a wall. Scroll down to see them all!