Thursday, February 9, 2012
I introduced my 5th graders to Laurel Burch. They loved her work and were thrilled to be making papier-mache cats (those are my samples-in-progress and a Laurel Burch feline above).
They stuffed bags, they built body parts with cardboard tubes, newspaper, and cereal box cardboard; they taped and they taped some more; and they papier-mache'd with "dog drool". Now we are cutting holes in the bodies and inserting the tails and heads, hot-gluing them in place, and papier-mache-ing the seams.
Next steps will be a coat of gesso and then acrylic paints, and then embellishment.
So - here's where I need your opinions.
All along we've called these "Laurel Burch cats". We built the faces to mimic the faces of her fantastic felines. But now, the kids are saying:
"I'm going to paint mine to look JUST like my cat!"
"I'm going to paint mine with camouflage colors."
"I'm going to paint mine with Cougar colors." (our school colors, a hideous yellow-gold and green)
"My cat is going to be all black."
And so on......
All along I planned to have them paint them in rich colors, loaded with patterns, and never once did camouflage or Cougar colors or real cat colors ever ever cross my mind.
They LOVE the cats they have built. Should I take this away from them to make them paint them the way I WANT? Or should I let them make them truly their own? Opinions, please?