Christine Thornton's Art Studio

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Paper Mache Animals


Art Start September 2014

Art Start students made paper mache animals this fall. They could choose whatever kind of animal they wanted- mammal, reptile, bird, fish, mythical creature, you name it. They started by building armatures using newspaper, foil and masking tape.

 


The young artists covered their armatures with layers of paper mache.  They dipped strips of newspaper in wheat paste (a mixture of flour and water) then wrapped those strips carefully around the armature parts. We spent two classes adding these layers of paper mache.  When the sculptures were dry and hard, the final step was to paint with tempera and add embellishments like yarn or wire if so desired.