If you haven't seen the Visually Textured Monsters post, check it out first. Then, have fun with my Make a Noise post. THEN... come back here. Please. You won't regret it.
|During construction; |
Once cardboard construction was moving along, I grabbed my few students who were ready and I started demonstrating papier mache with newspaper and watered down elmer's. I talked, again, about crumpling up newspapers or whatnot to help develop the structure inside so that the skeleton wasn't so apparent once covering with newspaper. And away they went! Then those students helped others and really... I just got to enjoy watching them figure this all out on their own. The one biggie that I had to keep saying about the papier mache process was to make sure to SQUEEGEE the newspaper (already dipped in glue) a LOT. Many kids just kept on slopping it on, and their poor monsters just got soggy. Other than that, they did a great job!
|Taylor's monster papier machined standing next to student monster.|
Once that structure was complete, students painted their monsters white and attached a PHYSICAL TEXTURE to their monster. This texture could really be made out of anything. I used paper pieces, some kids rolled up newspaper, some cut up construction paper, some used tape, etc. It was completely up to them. I even had a student bring in wax and apply, melt crayons, or add on sand!
|Taylor's completed monster |
with hat made by student.
Then we took a mini break and I we made a UNIT and VALUE unit in their sketchbooks. Check out here for the crash course in color theory and mini project I gave them in preparation for painting their monsters.
After making their mini tints and shades artwork (see unit above), students were allowed to paint their monsters using acrylic and watercolor. I wish we had more time available on this, because it seemed a bit rushed at the end. I would have given them a lot more painting tips and ideas. Unfortunately, it was the end of the class and so there was a rush to get the monsters painted (because, of course, we then made an animation!).
Let's not forget the self assessment and reflection!
|At this point, we have already done a LOT of reflections in |
which everything has been broken down in steps.
Now, I am asking the students to write as a full critique of their work.