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RE: [art_education] Visual Puns Papier Mache Lesson Plan

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  • Maude Ruesch
    I never have any left over and the structure usually dries within a couple of days so it doesn t get moldy. I mix a new batch when it s time to add the legs.
    Message 1 of 8 , Apr 5, 2006
      I never have any left over and the structure usually dries within a couple
      of days so it doesn't get moldy. I mix a new batch when it's time to add
      the legs.

      Maude in VA



      -----Original Message-----
      From: Ball, Anna K [mailto:art_education@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
      Anna.Ball@...
      Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 9:44 AM
      To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [art_education] Visual Puns Papier Mache Lesson Plan



      How do you keep your flour paper mache paste from getting moldy?

      --anna



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      From: art_education@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Maude Ruesch
      Sent: Tue 4/4/2006 5:37 PM
      To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [art_education] Visual Puns Papier Mache Lesson Plan

      I also teach a pre-k class and we did our annual large paper mache project
      today. We made a butterfly body to go with our current science unit. I
      have found that they do best with fairly solid smooth shapes (we used 3
      balloons taped together with masking tape) and shortish strips of newspaper
      - no longer than 4 or 5 inches. The last layer we apply is usually white
      newsprint but since I was out of it, I just used ripped up paper towels and
      they were fine. I use just white flour and water with a little Elmer's glue
      added for the goop. It dries very hard and is easy to paint. Be prepared
      to have it all down the front of your pants and on your shoes. I put the
      kids in t-shirt smocks with plastic smocks over them and they stay fairly
      clean. Also, it's a good idea to tape newspaper to the floor around the
      table where they will be working. It is impossible for them not to drip it
      all over the floor. That said, they love to smooth the strips of paper on
      and they do a surprisingly good job of not leaving any edges sticking up. I
      also teach them to put a dry piece over a particularly wet spot and smooth
      it out with goopy hands because they have a hard time taking the excess off
      the strips as they go. I really love watching them do this and the end
      result is always wonderful. Adding the legs is a bit harder because it's
      hard for them to paper around the joins - they need a fair bit of help.
      When the butterfly is finished though, they are always so impressed with
      themselves that it's worth all the mess. Good luck. I know you'll have fun
      with it.



      Maude in VA



      -----Original Message-----
      From: art_education@yahoogroups.com [mailto:art_education@yahoogroups.com]
      On Behalf Of Nancy
      Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2006 2:22 PM
      To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [art_education] Visual Puns Papier Mache Lesson Plan



      This is very impressive! Thank you for sharing. I teach preschool and have
      been thinking of doing some paper mache projects - could anyone give me some
      tips on ingredients/process and how to attempt this with 4-6 yr olds.



      Thank you!



      Nancy





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