Paper Mache Owl

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OwlI have to say that new art products available today sometimes make all the difference. These owls were decorated with poster markers and they just kind of came to life in little hands. Detailed eyes, feathers, patterns and more kept the kids engaged in their creations much longer than usual.
Here’s an overview of the four classes it took to make these:
CLASS ONE: Students tore brown packing paper into bits and mached them onto clean empty soup cans.
CLASS TWO: Many wings and ears were traced onto pieces of cardboard and cut with strong scissors. (Young ones will need help.) Craft glue was used to attach them to the owl. Most just held the pieces in place for a minute until they stayed in place.
CLASS THREE: Students painted all of the owl in brown acrylic paint. I offered a reddish brown paint too, just for additional spots.
CLASS FOUR: Students drew eyes, feathers and patterns with poster markers. The entire owl was then painted with a gloss finish. I like Collage Pauge as it doesn’t get cloudy.

Paper Mache Recipe
1 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups cold water
4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
In a bowl, combine the flour and cold water. Add to the saucepan of boiling water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool and thicken before using.