A fun lesson to learn and to have fun creating and experimenting with paper and lots of imagination.
This lesson on paper construction is ideal for students to create, to experiment and to use their imagination working with paper. Students are encouraged to make flat shapes and lines, and to transform them into 3D shapes, by folding, gluing and fastening with staples or tape. It also offers the opportunity to create a composition that involves the Elements of shape, colour, line, contrast and space. It involves the Principles of balance, variety, emphasis and proportion.
The materials can differ according to teacher’s preferences and availability of materials.Kraft paper is the ideal material because it is thick, but if not available, there are other possibilities like old paintings on paper and old magazines covers. Shapes can be the colour of the paper or painted with bright colour tempera paints.
Every shape has to be repeated in different sizes, for instance big circles, medium size circles and small circles to create contrast.Every student will cut and fold 10 shapes of different size and different kind. Students will have a piece of 10″ (25.4 cm) x 10″ (25.4 cm) of thick cardboard for a base.
Students are encouraged to experiment with paper – cutting different shapes, circles, triangles, squares and strips out of Kraft paper and folding in whatever way they like, the important aspect is that the shapes become 3D.
If using paint, paint the shapes flat using bright colours, let them dry. Fold shapes and strips of paper in different ways, glue and staple to create 3D shapes and lines.
Create a composition by gluing shapes and strips to base.
Drawing: set up the compositions on the tables for students to draw with charcoal, dry pastels or oil crayons.
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