I absolutely had to show you this colorful giraffe, made by a class of grade school kids with a bit of help from a parent with carpentry skills. A few days ago we saw a fairly realistic (very buff) paper mache panther mascot made by 7th and 8th grade kids, with some help from a very talented teacher. Now we get to see what kids will do when they let their imaginations and creativity go wild.
I’ll let the teacher tell you about it – here’s what she said in her email to me:
I have really enjoyed your website – your creations are incredible! I teach at Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Every spring, the sixth grade puts the year’s artwork on display in what we call our Gallery Opening.
We invite the parents, have some fancy appetizers and juice, and the kids act as docents for the evening. They tell their parents what they have learned about the famous artists we have studied during the school year. The paper mache project is our centerpiece.
This year, we had a wonderful dad who was willing to make the giraffe armature out of 2 x 4s and we took it from there. The final covering is a mod-podged collage of bright tissue paper.
Keep the great projects coming! You are a great resource for classroom art teachers!
By the way, if you’d like to get started with your own giraffe, which you could also finish with colorful tissue paper like Nan’s students did, take a look at the new paper mache giraffe pattern on this site.