Saturday, April 25, 2009

More Art Class

Here are our latest "art class" projects.

A couple of weeks ago we did some torn paper collages, with insects as our theme. I was a bit surprised at how challenging this was for the boys since it involved ripping and tearing...but tearing paper in a CONTROLLED manner was the difficult part! We looked at pictures of various kinds of insects. Then the boys were instructed to tear construction paper to form the various parts of the insect's body - they had to fill the whole page. Pieces were glued down onto black construction paper with glue stick.

This past week, we made "construction paper clay" - I have a TON of construction paper so I've been looking for creative ways to use it up - and make sculptures of turtles ( and a lizard ) . Again, we looked at pictures first for inspiration. The boys had fun with this one as it did involve making a mess!

They are still drying here.

Construction paper clay

2 cups of construction paper torn into 1" pieces ( 1 color )
4 cups of water

Place paper bits and water in a blender, and process until you have a pulpy mixture. Pour into a strainer over the sink. Squeeze out the excess water, and place pulp into a bowl.

Mix together 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup flour in a small bowl. Add to the paper pulp and mix together with your hands until well-incorporated, forming a soft modeling "clay"

This makes an orange-sized ball of "clay - if you'd like more, repeat the process, maybe with a different color paper. I used a piece of cardboard covered with foil as the base for our sculptures, so the clay wouldn't stick as it dries.... You could use a plastic tray or something like that.

Clay will take a couple of days to air dry and harden.

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