We have another guest post today by Cory Triplett, a grade school teacher who uses paper mache and other art forms to help his students learn about other cultures and their history. Cory’s class recently made a bigger-than-life-sized Terracotta Warrior, made with paper mache. I’ll link to his other posts below the gallery so you can see a few of the other projects he and his students have made.
By the way, you’re about to see a photo of Cory covered in plastic wrap, and then plastic tape. I personally would not recommend allowing anyone to cover your face with plastic unless they really know what you’re doing. Cory explains how this part was done in a comment below the post.
Now, I’ll let Cory take it from here …
How We Made a Terracotta Warrior With Paper Mache
The 6th grade students finished studying ancient China and were fascinated with the idea that so many Terracotta warriors could be buried, untouched for so many years. When, I brought up the idea of building a life-sized (or bigger), paper mache warrior for our annual History Fair, the entire class was ecstatic!
The fun began when the students got the chance to wrap their courageous art teacher with saran wrap and clear packaging tape to create an armature. Next, student helped stuff the armature with newspaper. The 6th grade class then helped add several layers of paper mache. I then went in an added the details. Finally it was time to paint. The 6th graders did the base painting and I went in to complete project. This project took us about 2 months to complete. The Terracotta Warrior was quite popular during the History Fair.