by TeacherLem Iglesias
Here’s a fun-activity that allowed my students’ imagination to run wild, while watching their creations transform from two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional figures.
Project Title: ‘FANTASY CREATURES’
Created by: Primary 4H, 4J, 4P
Age: 9-10 years old
- Tissue Paper
- PVA Glue
- Masking Tape
- Styrofoam Balls
- Popsicle Sticks
- Acrylic Paint
We started with a discussion about mythical or fantasy animals, which got them very excited. I showed them this video > CLICK THIS LINK.
After the video, the kids realised that the mythical animals are combinations of two creatures, usually two animals; they observed that “the Pegasus is a horse with eagle wings”. Sometimes a mythical creature is an animal combined with human features, like “the Centaur has the horse’s body and a human body as well.”
The students were then grouped in pairs and was asked to draw their own design of a fantasy creature by combining two animals, or one animal combined with a human feature. They were also told to give the creature an original name and special abilities based on the combinations (e.g an elephant is strong, a rabbit is fast, a gorilla is strong, etc.)
STEP 1: Create a Papier Mache base or armature using crumpled newspapers. Mold the newspaper into the appropriate shapes and forms based on the drawings they have made. They can also use card boards, styrofoam balls and popsicle sticks for other attachments to the body such as horns, wings, tails and beaks (see photos below). Assemble the pieces into a Papier Mache figure. Use some masking tape to make it sturdy and fixed it into its proper place in the design.
STEP 2: Cover the Papier Mache base with two layers of tissue paper strips, using a mixture of PVA glue and water (a ratio of 1 part glue and 2 parts water).
STEP 3: After air-drying, paint the Papier Mache figure using acrylic paint. And for the finishing touch, apply one layer of PVA glue all over the figure to make the surface harder (after the glue dries up) and to give the surface a lasting shine.
See our blog post about EXHIBITION, PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION (do create a specific criteria for this project) > CLICK THIS LINK.
I hope you and your kids will have as much fun as we did with this project.
See you next Saturday 🙂