Title/Description: Paper Sculpture Oyster Project
Level: Elementary School
Duration: 1, 45 minute class period
Historical Overview: Andy Goldsworthy, Environmental Artist from the U.K.
Goals and Objectives: To introduce collage process and the importance of recycling, reusing and recycling paper.
Materials: Reeves BFK or other cotton heavy weight paper and glue gun
- Anticipatory Set: Show students shells and have them identify them using shell chart as oysters.
- Discuss importance of oysters in the environment and how pearls are made.
- Show various handmade papers and have students collect leftover paper from previous projects and tear.
- Meanwhile students discuss destructive quality of collage and reflect on the following questions: How has adversity empowered you? How do we gain knowledge from negative experiences? Why is it important to persevere even when things go wrong in one’s life?
- Students fold pieces and instructor glues together with glue gun.
- Have students use acrylics to paint shells.
- Have students paint iridescent acrylic onto styrofoam balls and glue to caste paper.
- Have students add their pearls of wisdom from discussion… written on strips of paper to share with other students.