I wanted to do paper mache trees with the Grade 2 class, and their teacher needed them to make tree hats for their Christmas Concert performance ... so we combined our ideas and made paper mache tree hats! They turned out great.
My Grade 10 student, Zach, working on this paper mache sculpture throughout November and part of December. It is his representation of the character 'Flash'. He did a great job!
I experimented this Fall with paper, and an exacto knife. I have a new-found admiration of the artists who have created delicate, fine-detailed paper art... it was not easy! My one finger was numb for a few days after finishing the cornfield piece. And I felt a new pain in my shoulder for a while after -- I guess detail exacta-cutting worked muscles I wasn't aware of beforehand.
All in all despite the challenges, I loved working on these paper sculpture projects.
I had fun last month building a cardboard house. My girls had fun building their own houses also. This made me realize the sometimes unintentional influence I have on my daughters. The art projects I work on often have this sort of impact on them.
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.