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Some art teachers skip paper mache projects because they feel it can be messy and get "out-of-hand". My secret to creating paper mache projects with students is to keep all the projects about the same size! Even when projects are more open-ended and students are "doing their own thing", using a pre-determined form or size is a must!
Also, I teach students never to dip strips of newspaper into the bucket of paste...too drippy and dribbly! I teach students to only dip 3 fingertips into the paste, moisten the surface of their project , lay a strip of newspaper onto the moistened surface, and then moisten the paper using more paste on three finger tips only. Paper Mache really doesn't need to be a messy process. Also use torn skinny strips of newspaper to prevent wrinkles.
My students have really enjoyed creating these paper mache birds. The sculpture is easy for them to create and their sculptures come out actually looking like a bird!. In the end, the birds become unique with their own personalities when it comes time to paint and decorate them.
This lesson takes you step by step through how to tell students to make the bird sculptures, how to paint with color mixing, color schemes and blending and finishing with mod podge gloss varnish, feathers, sequins, beads, wire, etc. The finished birds can be perched on a shelf, glued to hanging stick, attached to a string to fly or attach wire legs and attach to a wood block to make a standing sculpture.
2 handouts are included. I use these handouts during the construction phase to keep students on track as far as the shape and size of the parts they need to make a successful bird sculpture.
Also a crossword puzzle with paper mache vocabulary review(and solution) is included with this product (credit to puzzle-maker.com)