Students can create wild and wonderful animal masks using balloons and paper mache.
By Carla Fontenot [Carla is a 3rd grade teacher at King’s West in Bremerton, Washington.]
Students will create a 3-D animal or mask, paying close attention to details such as; color, shape, size, texture and facial features.
Students should demonstrate a willingness to learn about other cultures by positively contributing to the discussion at least twice during the lesson.
What You Need:
- masking tape
- newspaper cut into strips
- white glue
- acrylic paint (several colors)
- paint brushes
- large container for mixture
- small containers for paint
- craft knife or scissors (adult assistance required)
What You Do:
- Students blow up balloons.
- Mix half glue and half water mixture into container.
- Student dips newspaper strips into mixture, wiping any extra off into the container with index finger and thumb.
- Student lays strips onto the balloon, covering the balloon with at least two layers.
- Hang over newspaper to dry.
- Students may need to add another layer to balloon and repeat the drying process.
- When dry, teacher needs to cut the balloon in half with an exacto knife.
- Student chooses one half (2 students can share one balloon).
- Using masking tape and newspaper, student builds up eyes, ears, nose, and other features.
- Cover with another layer of strips covered with glue mixture.
- Let dry.
- Student is ready to paint. Cover entire mask with one base color.
- Let dry.
- Paint details.
- The animal mask is ready to display in the hall with a report or essay.
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