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I received these wonderful photos yesterday of a paper mache panther, made by art teacher Cory Triplett and five of his 7th and 8th grade students from Royal Valley Middle School in Mayetta, Kansas. CoryÂ has every reason to be proud of the work he and his students did on this project. Here’s how he described the panther mascot project in his email:
I had a few students help me. We started off with a ply wood skeleton, surrounded it with paper and tape, and then used paper mache. I needed it to be fairly sturdy so we used paper mache clay and then a layer of joint compound to create the fur.Â Next,Â we used a layer of Elmer’s glue to stabilize the compound. Finally, it was time to paint. I used wooden spheres for the eyes and floral wire for the whiskers. It was a challenging task, but very fun.Thanks for your help.