Day 2: Students
should make a figurative feature on their stick. This is done by choosing an area that
suggests a figure (man, animal or combination) and enhancing its appearance with
Paperclay® modeling material. They take a pinch of the Paperclay, press it onto the
stick, peel it off, moisten the part that will press against the stick and attach the
Paperclay. Students must rub the edges of the Paperclay onto the stick until a smooth seam
is produced (no cracks!). The Paperclay will adhere very well to clean sticks. If any
piece falls off, simply glue it back on with white school glue. While the Paperclay is
still moist, they can use a variety of handbuilding techniques to sculpt the figure. It
works very well!
Day 3-5: I see each student once a week, so the next time
they come to see me the Creative Paperclay® is dry and can be painted. The students paint
the entire stick. Tempera paint works fine. The sticks are coated with Mod Podge for the
nontoxic varnish look. Be sure to have a piece of Masking tape on each stick with the
students name on it.
Conclusions: This lesson can be as deep or shallow as you
wish. Students can do independent research on walking sticks from other areas and
cultures. They can also research the history and background of paperclay. Using or
introducing Folk Art to the students broadens the knowledge and understanding of art,
artists, and the their culture. The end product is a stunning piece of work. The use of
Paperclay® enhances features and gives the work a hand carved appearance. Parents,
students, and other teachers all rave over the student sticks.