Paper Mache 7th and 8th Grades

A new quarter began and the 7th and 8th grades first did some designing and making of clay cups with handles and then we plunged into making  paper mache bowls.  I hope they are having as much fun as I am.  Another great group of students to work with!

all pictures 3.21 092Not a very complex process.  The students ripped paper into strips and then drape them over a bowl form.


all pictures 3.21 093Here Korry and Brandon P. are working on their bowls.


all pictures 3.21 096Here are the strips ripped up and ready to be applied to the bowl.



all pictures 3.21 098Here is  a shot of trimming the bowl before the edge is worked into a finished state.


all pictures 3.21 100Ripping and dipping paper and slowly a bowl will appear.


all pictures 3.21 101Another action shot, I believe this is Ms. Kelie C. working on her bowl.


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Another action shot of bowls being assembled.  Usually safety glasses are not required for paper mache, but this particular student was taking no chances!

all pictures 3.21 103I said I’d put this picture in, here it is!


all pictures 3.21 081More bowl assembly.


all pictures 3.21 083I believe this is Klaudia and Anna working on their bowls.


all pictures 3.21 084Sam works very carefully and his bowl is looking very tight.

all pictures 3.21 085John and Alex working on bowls.


all pictures 3.21 087Blanca and Caitlyn are doing a great job with their bowls.


all pictures 3.21 089Emma and Layla doing some final assembly.


all pictures 3.21 090the decorative headgear and safety glasses crack me up  Nothing but  great groups of students to work with this year.


Kitchen Drawings


Over the past few months I’ve had students draw various parts of their house with a focus being on the kitchen. We started with taking measurements and drawing floor plans, then drawing some of the appliances and details particular to their kitchen. This was done while at school we worked on making and drawing various geometric solids.  The idea being that learning to draw the solids would make the proper drawing of the kitchen successful.

kitchen 3.14.14 014Trinity did a nice job with her kitchen.

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kitchen 3.11.14 003Megan did very well with this shot from above.




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kitchen 3.14.14 011All of the pieces look better in real life.  I still have trouble getting a good picture of a black and whit line drawing.  I need to learn a bit more about photo editing.



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Pizza Fractions

The following assignment is just a quick, and hopefully fun, task to help students comprehend fractions.  They would probably say they painted in art class today if you were to ask them, and that’s ok, hopefully some would remember the fractions aspect of the session.

pizza fractions and background 002Here you can see the upshot of the lesson.  Three toppings and each topping broken into their proper fractional expression.

pizza fractions and background 008She’s not done yet, but she’s doing a great job.

pizza fractions and background 003I love the nice painterly approach of this piece.  A real light and not heavily reworked watercolor.  Not easy to do.  The picture does not do it justice.

pizza fractions and background 009Signed, dated, properly done, and all in 30 minutes! She did great!

pizza fractions and background 012They have the totals written down and the fractions all written properly, looks great!

pizza fractions and background 010This one has bacon!

pizza fractions and background 030A nice action shot, another light painterly approach.  I try to encourage this sort of thing, but it’s hard for the students not to want to go back in to a watercolor and work it some more.

pizza fractions and background 040This pizza is dripping with sauce.

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I was in awe of the fact that from the 2nd grade on up the fractions concept was understood by well over half the students on the first presentation of the lesson. Another beautiful job painting in 30 minutes.