Get a fast start on your next paper mache project or hand-made gift with Jonni’s easy downloadable patterns for masks, animal sculptures and faux trophy mounts. The patterns help you create a beautiful work of art, even if you’ve never sculpted anything before.
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:
Hello Jonni!I have really enjoyed your website – your creations are incredible!. Â I teach at Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Â Every spring, the sixth grade puts the year’s artwork on display in what we call our Gallery Opening. Â We invite the parents, have some fancy appetizers and juice, and the kids act as docents for the evening. Â They tell their parents what they have learned about the famous artists we have studied during the school year. Â The paper mache project is our centerpiece. Â 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. Â The final covering is a mod-podged collage of bright tissue paper.Keep the great projects coming! Â You are a great resource for classroom art teachers!Thank you!Nan Burger