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Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: 3-8 | Age: 8 - 14yrs | Written by: Nancy Scoble
[Nancy is an art teacher at Washington Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, NC]

Students will appreciate the length and width of the human form as they create human figures in motion using torn paper.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Students study wooden Mannequin(s) as supplies are handed out.

  2. Teacher instructs students to: *stretch their arms, *bend the arm, at the elbow, *stretch the leg, *bend at the knee, *bend at the waist

  3. Acknowledge the various shapes of students (and teacher) in their classroom. *tall or short waisted students, *long legs ~ short legs, *cropped hair ~ streaming hair

  4. Demonstrate tearing the small pieces of paper into smaller pieces as well as how to use the glue stick.

  5. Explain to the students that they will be creating human figures on the paper using torn pieces of paper.

  6. Demonstrate how to build a human figure on the 8 1/2" x 11" construction paper. Start with the head. Discuss the size, position, and shape of the head. Locating the head in the upper third of the page may indicate a body leaping across a stage or jumping on a trampoline.

  7. Students begin to assemble their own figures by tearing paper in small, half inch pieces.

  8. Students then begin to adhere the small colored pieces of paper to the larger 8 1/2" x 11" construction paper, as they construct a human figure.

  9. Instruct students to keep adding small pieces of paper allow to amend the shape as it develops.

Notes from the Author

More Photos:

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Recommended Books/Products:

Paper Fun!: Projects to Fold, Bend, Cut, And Curl! (American Girl Library)
by Patricia Doherty
Inside this book, girls will discover dozens of ways to play with paper. Tons of tips, cool crafting supplies, and easy, step-by-step instructions will give girls the inspiration they need to brighten their room or create treasured gifts, from delicate rice paper lamps to quilled paper earrings. Package includes: quilling strips; a metal quilling tool; sheets of metallic paper, vellum, silver foil, and card stock; stencils; flower brads; and a measuring tape.

Economy Brand Manikin  male

Economy Brand Manikin male

Fully jointed hardwood manikins. Will assume any human position. Polished wood, smooth finish. Each manikin measures 12 in. tall and comes with its own stand.

Also available in female.


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