Sculpture Techniques for Kids

How to Make Sculptures using
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Newspaper and Masking Tape Sculptures

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What you will need:

Newspaper, Masking Tape, Craft Sticks, and Acrylic Tape

What to do:

1. First decide what you would like to make and draw a quick sketch of it.

2. Create an armature by rolling newspapers into tubes and taping them together with masking tape.

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3. Start by making the biggest part of your structure. If you are making animals, it would be the torso. Then add legs, neck, and a head.

4. If you have thin features like legs that need to support weight, you can use craft sticks or other sticks to make them.

5. Tear off a long piece of newspaper and wrinkle it up. Flatten it out somewhat and wind it around the craft stick. Leave some extra newspaper at each end of the stick. Curl up the newspaper at one end to make feet and tape the other end to the torso piece.

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6. Don't worry to much about what it looks like at first. You just want to get the main shape.

7. Once you are comfortable with the shape you can add more wrinkled up newspaper to the areas that you want thicker. Tape the pieces of wrinkled up newspaper down with the masking tape.

8. Keep adding more wrinkled up newspaper to the piece until you are satisfied with the results.

9. Use pieces of folded tape to make the ears.

10. Paint your sculpture with acrylic paint.

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