Ours last year (Judy sent you the link--they were mini-
Screamers, none more than ca 14 in high) were constructed
with newspaper and Vano starch, and a sealing layer of
tissue paper on top. Starch makes for a good tough surface
and is much less effort at cleanup.
Since I loved papier mache as a kid, I've been surprised and
disappointed at how many kids are loathe to do it.
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>Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 14:57:01 -0500
>Subject: [Fwd: Screamers]
>To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>When I do paper mache animals with 3rd graders, I have them
>the weight-bearing joints first. This means, paper mache
>where the leg and body join(ours rarely have knees that
>half of the strip of paper on the leg, half on the body.
>working on all the joints -- body to neck, neck to head,
body to tail.
>Only then do I permit them to paper mache the rest of the
>only use 2 layers: newsprint first, toweling last.
>Occasionally there is a kid who uses too much glue, but
>them use too little glue. We use cellulose glue like
>should look shiny as they work, but not drippy. Paper
>darken as it absorbs the liquid.
>This is my favorite project of them all!!! I hope yours
goes well too!
>Jeannie in PA, k - 5th
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>> Date: 2005/03/10 Thu AM 11:19:09 EST
>> To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Subject: Screamers
>> I just started screamers this morning with my art club
kiddos - 3rd
>through 5th grade. I've never made a "screamer" before,
>some from this list. We have been rolling and crumpling
>newspaper and taping. Is this the "right" way to begin?
>than paper mache, we will be using plaster craft and
>> Do any teachers who have done this project before have
>tips? I'm a bit concerned about the stability of the
>worried about whether it will support the plaster.
>> I'll share pictures when when we finish. The kids are
>excited about this project!
>> Jill in Colorado