Three Session Art Class For Young Artists
SESSION ONE-Forming a bird
- a roll of toilet paper, or tissue paper
- flour and water with bucket
- whisk (from the kitchen)
- two small balloons
- stiff card paper for tail and wings
- masking tape
Children love these materials, even adults young at heart. Be prepared to get a little messy.
First, blow up the balloons, one for the head and one for the body, colour doesn’t matter. Then mix the flour and water in a deep bucket, this allows the children to mix and blend the paste with “splashing” allowed.
Use masking tape to attach the head, body and tail together. Then dip the tissue into the paste (1 cup flour, 3 cups water) and layer onto the balloons. Children will slop it on, soaking the ground they are working on, creating outdoors with paper mache is much easier for clean up.
Let dry in a safe and dry place for a week, you may need a few objects to prop the bird up as it dries.
SESSION TWO-Paint the bird and add wings
You will need;
- bird books for ideas and discussion
- outdoor discussion on bird camouflage
- acrylic paint, and iridescent clear paint
- paint brushes, a variety of sizes
- card paper for wings
Children are naturals in colour mixing, they love the variety. When painting the bird discuss the nature of the subject; environment, colour and sound. Adhere wings to the bird with tape, these are simple steps the children can do on their own.
So far the children have made many decisions on their own, the display of tools and supplies offer opportunity to try new things.
SESSION THREE-Details on the bird
Be prepared with a tool box of hand tools children will recognize.
- small hammer and one big nail
- hand drill with large drill bit
- feathers with thick quill
- wire feet, make before class
- buttons for eyes
- clay for adding to bird body
This is the session where you discover who enjoys three-dimensional and creative building. Drilling holes, the adult assistant will hold the hand drill and the child can turn the drill bit, putting a hole into the paper mache. With the hammer & nail, the adult holds the nail while the child taps the nail into the body creating holes for the feathers.
Wire in this case was used for antennas (young artist design), the hole in the body secures the wire and feathers, and whatever else kids find that works. Add a little glue to the end of the quill or wire so that once it dries it helps to secure the accessories.
paper mache bird with feet
picture frame wire bird feet
button eyed bird
button eyes and holes for feathers
The artist responsible for this masterpiece is four years old.
She was so pleased with the mixing and blending in the first session that she made time to make a Paper mache cake with balloons and flower pedals mixed with paste and tissue. it was lovely.
The second session went by quickly as she loved bird watching and flipping through a picture book of birds. Painting the bird was an easy and familiar process even though the whole bird wasn’t quit covered by paint. Big paint brushes will help with the full coverage of the painted bird scenario.
Third session, LOVED by all as the toolbox was slowly opened by the small hands. Discovery was the key to this lesson. The wire feet poked through the holes, once familiar with the concept, feathers and wire were added.
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