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Re: Screamers


From: The Hammond Family (bhammond_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 10 2005 - 16:22:22 PST

I just finished screamers (we called them monsters) with my Crafts class - HS
We used white coat hangers for armature - LOTS of coat hangers. Stuffed or padded these with LOTS of newspaper, wrapped these forms with LOTS of masking tape, then papier mache. We had a lot od Elmer's glue leftover so I diluted it instead of paste. We also had a bunch of liquid adhesive donated so I diluted that too and it worked well.
I had students use 2-3 layers of papier mache, then a final layer of brown craft paper or brown paper grocery bags.
Then painted.
The students worked in small groups (2-3) and were very imaginative. We have Kermit the Frog (a monster?), an angry rabbit (?), Frankenstein, a monster kitten and a 3 headed monster holding a football!
Belinda in Greensboro
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  Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 11:19 AM
  Subject: Screamers

  I just started screamers this morning with my art club kiddos - 3rd through 5th grade. I've never made a "screamer" before, but saw some from this list. We have been rolling and crumpling newspaper and taping. Is this the "right" way to begin? Rather than paper mache, we will be using plaster craft and painting.
  Do any teachers who have done this project before have any tips? I'm a bit concerned about the stability of the newspaper and worried about whether it will support the plaster.
  I'll share pictures when when we finish. The kids are very excited about this project!
  Jill in Colorado