I get it, teachers are short on time. So I’m working on resources that cut to the chase. I whipped up this gif on how to make sculptures with a shoestring budget, inspired by the Mexican handcraft Cartonería.
How? It’s all there in the gif, but if you’re the type that likes the details, you can see more here.
Why? Papier-mâché projects often get a bad rap for being the stuff of kindergarten craft time, but the process of paper-crafting is rich with history. Cartonería, as papier-mâché is called in Mexico, has long been a traditional handcraft. The Mexican papermaking process dates back to the Mesoamerican period, was temporarily banned by the Spanish, and paper sculptures are still made to this day to tell the story of yearly celebrations.
What else? Making Cartonería has the obvious connection to history and social studies. Cartonería also serves as an excellent project to talk about life sciences and geometry. More on curriculum connectors here.