SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2010

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Adding Papier-Mâché The next step was to add the skin, which consisted of two layers of papier-mâché, made from paper towels cut into small pieces. Students used paintbrushes to coat their sculptures with papier-mâché, making as smooth a surface as possible. with fine-tip permanent markers. They used tempera paint to color large areas of their sculptures and could add details with gel markers, paint markers, colored permanent markers, or yarn. When the sculptures were complete and dry, each student made a spring to join the head and body by wrapping a 6" (15 cm) piece of twenty-two-gauge wire tightly around a pencil. They bent each end of the spring to have a ¾" (2 cm) long piece to push into the head and body of the bobble heads. Adding Details When the papier-mâché was dry, students drew their designs on the bobble-heads, first with pencil, then Reflection This lesson is one of my favorites because the subject matter can be so open. I always encourage my students head and body as needed with a lowtemperature glue gun; a chenille stem was used to attach the head to the body and a temporary name tag was taped to the chenille stem. to come up with a plan, and to make it happen. They are always so involved with the project from beginning to end that having them do their best is never a problem. Their pride in their creations is evident in their finished sculptures. Mary Jane Hadley is an art teacher at Seneca Valley School District in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. hadleymj@svsd. net NatioNal StaNdard Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning. Web liNk www.bobbleheads.com schoolartsonline.com 41

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