Submitted by: Mary Bolyard Grade level: Middle School
Students were given a choice of supplies for the armature - wire, cardboard, plastic bags, newspaper. After the basic form was constructed the 8th graders covered the form with plaster craft. After applying that as a skin, they used found objects to create an interesting surface. They brainstormed quite a few ideas as possibilities for found objects. Optional: apply a base coat of acrylic paint before gluing objects.
List of possible Junk to add: Cards, game pieces, buttons, Fabric patches (applied with Mod Podge), candy wrappers/gum wrappers, candy, nuts and washers, candy, fruit loops, pasta, paper clips, rubber bands, bottle caps, crackers, pennies (if a students wants to furnish), shells, seeds, beans. (Note: food items may need a protective seal to keep insects away). Check a recycling center near you for all sorts of metal gadgets (there is a good one in Columbus, Ohio)