Monday, February 11, 2013

5th Grade Oaxacan Animals, Paper Mache'

Folk Art of Mexico:
Paper Mache Sculptures
Oaxaca, (Wa-Ha-Ka) Mexico's second-largest and poorest state is famous for the creative folk art of its residents. Originally, Oaxacan carvings were very big and bulky but the work rapidly evolved into more dynamic forms. Master carvers can now sculpt an entire creature from one piece of wood.
Paper mache’ is a technical term for creating sculptures with paper. The newspaper is cut or torn into strips, soaked in the homemade mixture of flour, water, glue & salt until saturated. The saturated pieces are then placed onto the surface of an armature (or skeleton) often made of wire mesh, balloons, or rolled, crumbled newspaper and allowed to dry slowly.



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