Any guesses on the above photo before I tell you?
For the next couple of days I am teaching one on one art lessons to two very sweet kids.
I’m starting off this week with paper mache so that we have time to build on it each day.
I put the kids in front of a big box of recycled items I had collected and told them to come up with what ever they’d like to make. Anything they wanted. We’d figure out how to build it.
The younger kid saw these blue cylinders and instantly thought legs.
I gave them rolls of masking tape, paper plates for the bases and sent them to work.
The older kid started stacking cups. she went 4 high and then sat there for a while. She was thinking hard, but I had no idea what she was thinking. She finally blew up a small balloon. She stretched out one side of the balloon until she made the balloon pointed. I still had no idea what she was creating and then finally, she let me in on her plan.
This is to be a wolf howling at the moon.
She was very adamant about creating the tail the way she created the tail. She tipped the head just so. She had a very strong vision. She knew exactly what she wanted. I can’t wait to see it come to fruition.
So what is this one?
This is a cat that when finished, will be standing on its side on four legs. The two bumps are going to be 3-D eyes.
I have to hand it to these kids. They saw this project through. They accepted the challenge of trying to figure out how to build something in a 3-D format. We got all sorts of sticky and probably got about 3 coats of newsprint on the forms. I’ve taught kid art classes in the past where it took weeks to get paper mache done because of a limited time structure. But today, we pushed on through.
If I had to grade them, I’d give them both a C+
C is for Creative!