For our first session of Art Buffet, we asked the question, "If you were a bird, what would your house look like? How would it show off your personality?" After some brainstorming and sketching the results were delightful and varied. We had purchased some bird house kits from Oriental Trading, and used those as the base of our designs.
First up was a project "If I could Fly." Student s made a list of their personal likes, interests, and strengths, then decided what kind of flying animal that might be. Some were rather traditional, like a bird or plane, others went the fantasy route with Pegasus, angels, dragons, or fairies, and one little artist decided she wanted to be a flying watermelon slice!
We sketched and planned before making armatures from aluminum foil, masking tape, and foam-core. This was covered in plaster. The plaster was covered with colored tissue paper to seal the plaster. We did that with a half and half mix of acrylic medium and water painted on the plaster and again over the tissue. I have also done that with watered down glue, or even acrylic floor wax! It's a japanese technique usually used over clay forms, but works great over plaster.
When creatures were complete, they were embellished with painted patterns based on Oaxacan examples of alebrijes sculptures.
I made pencils, markers, glue, scissors, and tape available for use, but they could only construct with items in their bag, including the bag. Each bag contained essentially the same stuff.