My DragonWing Arts students built some giant eyeball sculptures, though the choices they made, and therefore the end results, were not quite as I had intended. But they are happy, so I guess I should be satisfied. Pictured above are a couple of samples that I had built in preparation for the project. The base is cardboard, and then I added paper bowls to make the protruding center. I cut a hole in the center of the blue eye, and painted the inside black. I hot-glued on the plates, and then papier-mache'd over the entire thing.
I cut eyelids from sheets of colored foam and glued on and added eyelashes
from pipe cleaners. The yellowish eye in the top photo (and in the photo below) is intended to be a
dragon eye, but it is not complete. For the eyelids, I am considering using some orange SmartFab fabric samples that I have, because it looks cool when I twist and layer it it.
Below, the students' papier-mache is drying. As you can see, two of the kids decided to make round eyeballs. They all chose to cut openings for the pupils, and I gave them the option of gluing a CD inside, with a circle of black foam over the center. One student got really wacky with layers of colored sheet foam in the pupil.
While the papier-mache was drying on our eyeballs, we used papier-mache mash made from shredded paper mixed with Art Paste and Elmer's Glue-All to cover Styrofoam blocks that had bamboo stakes inserted in them. (These were to be used for displaying the eyeballs.) The papier-mache mash dried rock hard, and added weight to the Styrofoam blocks so they wouldn't tip over.
When the papier-mache was dry, the eyeballs and bases were painted and embellished with colored foam eyelids, pipe cleaners or wire lashes, and glitter glue and rhinestones as desired. They may not all look like eyeballs, but the kids are happy with their work, so I am too.
Another one of my unfinished samples, with CD, foam circle, and jewel in center.
a painted base
a little bit of eyeball motivation!
Eyeball Sculptures are Complete!
Below, the boys are modeling their wacky eyeballs!