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Medieval Paper Mache Figures

Paper Mache Figures

This is a project from the archives.  I used to teach a combined 5th/6th grade class until this year.  Every year, we made medieval paper mache figures.  The 5/6s studied the Medieval period in their social studies class.  We used newspaper and foil to create the armature of these figures.  Then, we applied paper mache over the body.  Model magic or air dry clay was used to make the heads.  Model magic actually works the best, in my opinion.  Clothes, paint and weapons were added to complete the figures. Some years we stuck more to the idea of knights and other years the kids branched out more to include maidens, bakers, mothers, etc.

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This year, our new art teacher also continued this project.  Below are some of her students’ sculptures.  They did a good job making interesting facial expressions!

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Look at the movement these figures are showing!

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Take a look at the figure on the right.  He’s holding an eagle.

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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.
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2 Responses to Medieval Paper Mache Figures

  1. jen B says:

    I think you do amazing work, I love your creativity with the kids. I am a middle school music teacher with elementary aged sons. I love reading your blog.

  2. Gaby says:

    These are fantastic! I am an elementary and middle school ceramic teacher and am so inspired to do something like this with clay. Thanks for sharing your great ideas. 🙂