Sunday, March 1, 2015

Papier Mache & Folk Art

Papier Mache musical instruments went so well around the winter holiday, I decided to continue with Papier Mache into Folk Art and stretched this project to Y8s & Y9s. It was a huge success.

We looked at and discussed what makes Folk Art distinctive: the bright colors, patterns, simple shapes of animals, plants, and people from the country side. It appears around the world, from Korea (tigers, koi fish), Slovakia (dancing people, roses, fruit, leaves), USA (rural homes, trees, geese, wheat).

After this, students started planning drawings for the inside and outside of their bowls and baskets. What would it be for you? goldfish? fox? geese? strawberries? dancing people? Students were also provided printouts of some folk art patterns I found easily online. 

These are the steps we followed:

1) Layer small pieces of newspaper on the outside of the molds, 1.5 x 3 inches. Basket molds are plastic bins and bowl molds are plastic soup bowls. Both were saved from grocery store. For the paste, we used a mixture of white glue and water. 

Students applied 4 layers on the sides and bottoms of the bowl and basket, to make it strong for painting. For Y5-Y7 this took 2 classes. Y8 & Y9 completed 4 layers in 1 class.

Y7s applying papier mache to plastic bins.

2) Let dry completely. Remove baskets and bowls from their molds carefully. Fix any holes and rips with papier mache and let it dry again.

Y5-Y7 baskets drying

Y8-Y9 bowls drying

3) Paint 2 solid colors with a large flat brush: 1 color on the inside, 1 color on the outside. Acrylic paint provides good flat bright colors and seals the Papier Mache in one layer.

Y9s painting & drying acrylic solid colors

4) Paint DETAILS with a small brush(es). Students refer back to their planning drawings. The images still changed and that is fine.

Y5 painting details

Y7 Details

All done!