Category Archives: 7th grade

Paper Mache

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The 7th and the 8th grades have been working on paper mache.  The 7th grade has been making bowls and the 8th grade has been making big heads.  It’s been a lot of fun, but a bit to messy for this art teacher, and I’m looking forward to doing some drawing activities next.

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A table busy at work.

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I love the bow!

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Not a bad start to a pig.

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This will eventually be a dragon.

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And this a giraffe?

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Minions being worked on .

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Not sure as to why the dual color, but I like it.

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Dylan F.  hold up a completed bowl.

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A pig starts to take on color.

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Nice bowl, shy student.

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A dragon starts to take shape.

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The horns and the dual colors worked out well!

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I believe this is Ms. Kaitlyn B.

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Another great minion!

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Not sure as to it’s name, but it looks scary.

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Another nice bowl.

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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.

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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.


7th and 8th Repeated Designs

design 1.23.14 014Will did this as his first repeated design project, looks good Will. You wanted it at the top-we put it at the top!

1.16.14 repeated designs 001I do this design project with all my classes.  At different ages it teaches different things and as the student get older they can develop their ideas more. It’s intended to teach concepts such as repeated, overlap, no over lap, random, orderly and it’s also a way of introducing fabric design-I want the students to understand that the designs they see on fabric are drawn by somebody.

1.16.14 repeated designs 013Ms. Brenna did this and it came out great.  Nice simple circles combined into an engaging design.

1.16.14 repeated designs 009I like the way this student incorporated the scissors into the design.  It’s partially done here, a little more completed below.

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cropped pac manA great variation of the pac man shape.

1.16.14 repeated designs 007This should be a fairly intense piece when it’s done.  You have to admire this kind of drive.

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design 1.23.14 024I like this kind of thing a lot.  Simple patterns combined into a nice finished piece.  I believe her name is Ms. Eiliana.

design 1.23.14 025One more student who yells, “don’t take a picture of my face!”  Umm…ok.

design 1.23.14 026Z wanted me to use this photo.  It wouldn’t have been my choice, but hey.

design 1.23.14 027Nice repeated design with circles.

design 1.23.14 028Another nice simple design, carefully done.  I’m thinking this is Trinity’s.  If not I hope someone tells me to correct this.

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design 1.23.14 032I am so appreciative of two students who don’t mind a photo of them and their work!

design 1.23.14 033I believe this is the second assignment done by Ms. Brenna N.  Great stuff!

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design 1.23.14 007Great colors on this.  I boosted the saturation a bit when I was editing the photos, but it’s a nicely colored piece by any measure.