Teaching the process of paper mache is always an interesting undertaking in any elementary school art classroom. My first couple of years of teaching I tried various paper mache projects but it was always a huge undertaking with 25 kids in a class. After many years have finally come to embrace the process. This year I started paper mache with my 1st grade classes. I combined this project with a PTO enrichment program on Birds of Prey. The kids saw owls first hand during the presentation. Making a connection with live owls their sculptural art was a great experience. And paper mache is a wonderful medium to address many of the elements and principles of art and design.
- The elements are: line, shape, color, texture, space, and form.
- The principles include: pattern, balance, contrast, unity, variety, rhythm, movement, and emphasis.