I just got hired to do a specialty workshop at a summer camp. I am a big fan
of Paper Mache, and all the paper arts in general, But I'm inexperienced at
teaching and running limited workshops (I am expecting approximetly 15
students 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I will have a counsler aid. The subject is
to make large african tribal masks. My workshops will be 4 2hr. sessions. ( 1
session per week) This will allow drying time between the stages. I am all
set with samples of actual wooden carved masks as examples. The masks vary in
size, shape and content. My goal is for the kids to be as creative as they
can, I don't want the masks to be the same. The owners of the camp will be
displing these peices in a cultural arts exhibit later in the summer. I am an
artist studing to be an art teacher. I really want this workshop to be a
success and you never know how well you can teach until you jump right in, But
I could definetly use some advice:
I really see these masks being large, 18'' to 21/2' for a hight dimention .
What would be a good support? Should I make a corrugated cardboard base? How
do you get the kids to be the designers, or get them to plan in advance. (when
they are working on their masks features) I am having trouble figuring out a
support system for the mache. I thought of using chicken wire with paper pulp
- but I don't think the kids could handle it. In other classes I have taught
the projects were all one uniform size. How do you go about getting a variety
of results, I would imagine the students who are truly intrested will want to
do the most eloborate masks, What to do with the ones who won't try?
How should I space out the class in terms of stages: Macheing , sanding,
painting collaging ( I have some really nice hand made papers that could be
used as a finished surface) and finally sealling- what to do with early
finishers. Is the time aloted enough time?
I would appericiate any advice you could give me to make this a success.
Thanks so much in advance,