This post is posted in descending order. The stuff at the bottom came first!
|The Final Project Product|
Technology used in the making of this project: Youtube, Google Images, an imaging program, Pinterest, various other websites, and WordPress.
Here is a how I made this elephant:
|17. The finished product! It is perfect for the girls room and it likely cost me under 5.00. They love it, which is the point and they really enjoyed learning how to do paper mache themselves. I will post their projects later.|
Following up with some ideas of how you might use this in the classroom. as mentioned, think about the volcano experiment in science. How are you going to make that mountain? Or the recycling unit, paper mache definitely is a recycling friendly activity. Structures? Paper mache can help you and your students learn about that.
How to make a paper mache volcano:
Recycling and structures:
Don’t be surprised if your grade 8 boys have fun with this:
(yes, it’s paper mache!)
In order to give you the scope of what I have in mind for this project, I am going to post a few things…
I have a large space between my daughter’s bed that needs something. I want 1 big item hung instead of a bunch of little items. I am thinking 2 feet wide, by 2 feet high, with a depth of 12 -18 inches. As you can see, the wall already has big beautiful gold polka dots, so it doesn’t need much. My oldest daughter LOVES elephants and as a result, her younger sister does too! Here is their room:
I plan to look at many different elephant samples in order to get a good feel for their sculptural integrity. I need the lumps and bumps to be in the right places. (If only I was paper mache) Here are some of the pictures I will be using for inspiration. All of these were found using Google Images.
I want to mention/confess that this is NOT the first time I have done paper mache. In grade 6, we did paper mache. It was super fun and I was so pleased with the little snowman I made. Mom kept him for years. I was 12. I am now 38; it has been 26 years since I did paper mache. I am an university student who is broke but loves decorating. Instead of buying my daughters an elephant for their room, I am going to make one. Lesson: The arts help your future students be creative when dealing with challenges such as poverty! Teach the arts. It is necessary.
Here are some videos that were instrumental in helping me complete this project. Watch them and learn how you can paper mache. Think about the volcano experiment in science. How are you going to make that mountain? Or the recycling unit, paper mache definitely is a recycling friendly activity. Structures? Paper mache can help you and your students learn about that.
This information on Wiki was also very helpful in beginning the project.
This 2nd video was actually found after I was half way through the project. It is somewhat helpful, however, the lady offers her pattern for a price (not happening) and uses paper mache clay instead of the flour-water paste (also not happening). I also want the elephant to fit in with my daughter’s room, so this isn’t exactly the look I am going for. However, it is a useful resource.
I thought I had better start posting how my final project is progressing. I was going to do the project and post everything once it was done, but posting it as it happens is probably better. It’s how you are supposed to eat an elephant (or in this case build one)… one bite at a time.
We have tore up many pieces of newspaper. Unpaid child labour was used in the making of this project. However, the girls enjoyed themselves, so I think that counts. And really, who knows when the skill of ripping paper into strips will be useful?!
I have also decided on the paper mache paste I will use. I plan to use flour, water, and white glue for added strength. The Ultimate Paper Mache website contained various recipes.
I will blow up my balloons and start covering them with paper and goop soon… will keep you updated! (I’m pretending I am Emily Henderson with millions of followers waiting anxiously for my next post!)
I have thought a lot about what to do as my final project. As I have mentioned, I am busy. When I consider a final project, it needs to have the following criteria; it needs to hit two birds with one stone. I am trying to think of something I could learn that I am going to end up doing anyways. If I can cross a task off my list and have it qualify for a final project, I will be happy. So what sorts of things do I need to do? Well, I briefly considered documenting learning to play a recorder because we have to do it anyways for our university music class, but seriously, I’d rather learn 101 ways to destroy a recorder.
I guess that means criteria #2 for my project is, I want it to be something I might actually enjoy doing.
I want to put subway tile on a huge wall in my kitchen, however, from what I have researched, this is a huge undertaking, which may take me past our project due date.
I am a huge Pinterest fan , so I went through my DIY board, my sculpture board, and other inspirational boards. The ideas are endless. I think I have it narrowed down to making a elephant sculpture for my girls room or reupholstering my dining chairs and adding tufted backs to them.
I am leaning towards the elephant sculpture because I have 8 dining room chairs!
- At $150, I think I can make this cheaper. My goal will be to stay below $50.00.
- To create a beautiful elephant sculpture that compliments my daughters’ bedroom.
- To use recycled materials.
Resources and Learning
- past experience
- booksDocumentation of progress
- WordPress Blog
- get er’ started
- get er’ done!
- Seriously, most of the work will probably get done on the Easter break. I will start stock piling newspapers now. I will continue to look at elephants and try to get a good handle on their anatomy and facial features.