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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Paper Mache Monsters

Created on October 12, 2021 by Catriplett1

This is a great project that helps your students turn their 2d drawings into a 3d sculpture. Students tend to buy in to this project because it doesn't have to look like anything from real life.

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10+ sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT define the additive process.
2. SWBAT define form.
3. SWBAT draw different forms
4. SWBAT transform their 2d shapes into 3d forms using newspaper.

Lots of newspaper – You will need some to cover your workspace, create your monster and to Paper mache with.
Masking Tape
Glue – You can ½ Elmer’s Glue and water. I use art paste.
Plaster Gauze – (optional) I use this to create strong monsters.
Wire – (optional)
Paper for drawing
Paint Brushes
Anything you want to add to make your creature “pop”.
Feathers, yarn, fabrics, pom-poms, etc.

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Please see the attached Doc for in-depth instructions

1. Intro to project, sketch and then draw a final draft of their unique monster. (20-45 mins.)

2. Build monster- Students will use their 2d drawing as a guide to create their forms out of newspaper, some wire (when needed), and masking tape. Students will crumple, twist, and tape newspaper into their specific forms (45 mins. x 1-4) depending on size).

3. Students will then tape all of their forms together to create their monster. Students must use enough tape to keep all the parts together, but not an excess amount of tape. (45 mins. 1-4).

4. Students will then paper mache their sculptures using glue and newspaper strips (more details in the doc provided). (45 mins 1-3).

5. When the paper mache dries, students will then paint and add details to their monsters to complete the projects (45 mins. 1-3)


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[5-8] Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas
[5-8] Students generalize about the effects of visual structures and functions and reflect upon these effects in their own work

Balance, Color/Value, Contrast, Emphasis, Form, Line, Movement, Proportion/Size, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Space, Texture, Unity/Harmony, Variety

Acrylic, Mixed Media, Painting, Paper Mache, Sculpture