What follows are a few progress photos of a last minute Papier Mache project my mentor asked me to do. I wasn’t able to complete the process with the students because of the format in which it was delivered. However, I learned that such a project can easily be given with a little more planning and flipping the reflection process required by the IB curriculum. I feel my Maker methods of getting the kids right into the making process and problem solving as they go would have moved them faster and maintained a greater momentum of motivation for the project.

Instruction slides cover page

I’ve chosen a few of the 90 students’ work… some you will see in their imagined environments… Overall, this was a wonderful messy project that most of the students loved… I feel this could be better done at the start of the school year, instead of the end, as it can better set up the exploration and play aspect of art making I want to teach.

Instructions – Step 1: Watch video – Papier Maché 101: https://youtu.be/N4Is_TDi0bw 

Instructions – Step 2: Answer the question on slide #4 then design and draw your “Spring Creature”. Remember to add your sketch photo to the slide: What creature (animal or insect) do you look forward to seeing in the Spring, and why?

Instructions – Step 3: Answer the question on slide #6 then build your armature. Remember to add your sketch photo to the slide: Where does  YOUR creature live, and why?

Instructions – Step 5: Answer the question on slide #10 then design and paint your “Spring Creature”. Remember to add your sketch photo to the slide: What colours did I paint my creature, and why?

BONUS CHALLENGE: HOMEWORK (worth an additional 5 points): Make an image of your creature living in its habitat. You can either do this in one of two ways: 1 – Make a digital collage that shows your creature in your chosen background OR 2 – Make a physical collage of your creature in your chosen background.

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