I've been working on a lesson for my students design and create a paper mache head around a tin can that can then be used to play a math game at school or at home.
The materials are cheap and the final product not only involves many subject areas, so it's aligned with the common core, but it's just plain cool to sit around! If you choose not to use it as a math game, you could use the can as a pencil holder, a pot for a plant, paint brush holder, random junk holder, and I'm 100% sure there are many more uses.
So, sit back and learn how to create a paper mache Darth Vader and remember the technique can be used to create other characters, faces and more!! (I will add pictures of others as well so you can get ideas and as soon as my students finish I will put up their work as well.)
Lesson plan info will be found on step 8 and as always tips and tricks will be found at the end of the instructable.
If you make a tin can face, I would LOVE to see your work, please come back and share.
Ok-dokey Let's get started!
Step 1: Materials Needed
1 Tin Can
1 Egg Carton (cardboard)
1 Roll of Masking Tape
1 Bed Sheet or Pillow Case
1 Pair of Scissors
1 Pair of Google Eyes
1 Bottle of Glue
1 Plastic Cup
1 Can Black Spray Paint (flat) - Optional
Random bottles of acrylic paint
Various Paint Brushes
Step 2: "CAN" You Do This? Yes YOU CAN!
You need tin can, so eat some soup, green beans, or other food in a can. Ok, you can also just plain ask someone hey, can you save you tin cans for me.
You need to decided what your can is going to look like. I've included a blank can for you to print out and draw on.
Take a sharpie and draw on the can. Put lines where you are going to need to build up with the cardboard.
Step 3: Take That Egg Carton!
Take your egg carton and cut it up in pieces you need. Since this is Darth Vader I cut strips of the carton to make straight lines. If you do a different figure you can cut different shapes and build up.
You can also tape pieces together and then hook that onto the can.
Step 4: Making The Armature, You CAN Do It!
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When making the armature you are going to use a bit of tape. You won't use a whole roll, and people will look at the can and think gosh, you put a lot of tape on that! Yes, it's a bit of tape but because it's small it looks like more than it is.
Build up layers and tape them down, continue to do this until you get the shape you need.
This is an example for kids, so I didn't meature out my pieces of cardboard and get really exact with my Vader, you totally can. Do an example too well, kiddo's shut off. With kids it is sometimes good to do something that still makes them feel they can accomplish it. Little art teacher trick. ;-)
Step 5: Mache It!
You could paper mache it! I am currently a little obsessed with glue mache. I like the textures you get with the fabric. Not that Darth Vader needs texture, but I'm working with my students to learn about texture so I lean towards texture.
Take glue and mix it 50/50 glue and water.
Cut strips of fabric, small strips.
Dip the strips in glue and remove the excess with your fingers, place it on the can. Continue to work around until the entire can is covered.
Sit and let dry.
Step 6: Paint It!
Trim any excess fabric. If some fabric is flexable and sticking out you can "glue" it down with paint. After you put a base coat on, you can trim more fabric as needed with scissors or a razor blade.
Step 7: All Finished! You Have Submited To The Dark Side!
Step 8: Common Core Lesson Info
If you are not in the field of education you might be thinking, what on earth is this common core stuff!! Click HERE
In a nut shell it's bring all educational disciplines into a lesson. This is NOT a new concept in an art room.
(I will eventually add my entire lesson plan to this instructbale (objectives, national standards, yadda yadda yadda), but it's a work in progress at this point.
There are a lot of areas to add depth of knowledge (DOK), writing, science, and math (as this does end up being a math game)
The Math Game:
Multiplication Roll 'Em
How to Play
Player 1 (Jedi) rolls two dice. The player multiplies the numbers together to find the product. Player 2 (Sith) does the same. Circle the math fact with the highest total. The player who had the highest total wins the round. Play all 18 rounds to see who controls the empire!
(There is a PDF to download the game worksheet on this step)
Step 9: Tin Can Head Gallery
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Welcome to the tin can head gallery! I will add more photos as my students create. I would also love to see any tin can heads you, your children, your grandchildren, niece, nephew, students and more make! I will try to give you a little info on each head as well, like grade level of the child as well as their title, I will include their design (the drawing) as well.
(Student work added with info on the pictures for what they are)
Step 10: PoofRabbit's Tips And Tricks
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