On the first day of class I decided to have the students create beautifully patterned paper using a special painting method called Paste Paper. Paste Paper is awesome because it allows textures to be scraped on using a variety of tools, each colorful pattern is unique and vibrant.
Paste Paper 101
To make the paste paint, you simply need to mix 3 parts paper mache mix with 1 part tempera paint. I recommend using a commercial paper mache mix, Elmer's Art Paste is preferred. A small sack of the mix can be purchased for around $5 and it makes 3 liters of paint. One you have a variety of colors mixed and stored in plastic containers, you are ready to paint! You can paint on many different papers, I like painting directly onto colored construction paper. The colors turn out very vibrant! I recommend painting a simple pattern using thick strokes and a good amount of the paint mixture. Make sure to cover the whole paper! Once your paper is covered, use a scraping device ( a comb works great!) through the paint to create a unique pattern.
I am in LOVE with the BEAUTIFUL patterns the students created. The 6th & 7th grade classes stretched their paper over book board to create sketchbook covers. 5th & the Ceramics class had their paper creations laminated so we could staple some sketching paper inside.
Here is what we did in each class this week:
6th & 7th Art
The foundations students are hard at work making their very own hand bound sketchbooks. The binding process can be quite tricky to master, but the students are doing their best and the books are looking beautiful. If you would like to try this assignment at home, check out this online tutorial, the steps are very similar to what we do in class.
The Elementary grades did a quick class introduction and then jumped into making their own sketchbooks. For the younger grades I stick with a simple folded and stapled version with customized covers. The 5th graders got to try the paste paper and the 3/4 group stuck with crayons and markers.
The ceramics class made simple sketchbooks and learned a lot of useful vocab and the 10 Golden Rules of Ceramics. They were also introduced to our first project,....Cupcake Wars! The students are excited to turn their creative sketches and ideas into 3D forms!