SchoolArts Magazine

October 2015

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 of clay for the armature. After apply- ing the clay to a large area, students used water and their fingertips to smooth the clay. The clay sometimes takes more than a day to dry, but more papier-mâché clay can be applied on wet or dry clay if needed. Preparing for Paint After the sculptures were completely dry, students began sanding them. This was a messy process, so students wore aprons and did their sanding over garbage cans. They wore masks to avoid inhaling dust while sanding. Be prepared to do some sweeping at the end of the day during this step! Once the sculptures were smooth, students brushed off any dust so they could apply a layer of primer. Painting the Surface Once the sculptures were primed, stu- dents chose color schemes and began painting them with acrylic paint. They painted larger areas with acrylic and used oil-based permanent paint pens to add the patterns. We discussed line, shape, pattern, repetition, and contrast again during this process. The paint pens lasted throughout the whole project and were shared between students. Sharing required students to communicate and have a sense of community in the artroom. The entire process took about three weeks to complete. For novice papier- mâché students, they were very happy with their sculptures and many have continued exploring this medium. Amanda Kaiser teaches grades 4 – 8 art at the Rochelle School of the Arts in Lake- land, Florida. amanda.kaiser@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K Karol Aleman Marcela Limeira

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