What are we UP to, you may be wondering? Well … we’ve been on another incredible adventure over the past two weeks! We’ve been making MARIONETTES! It’s been AMAZING to see how paper towel tubes, newspaper and MASKING tape can be transformed into something like this:
In Science, we’ve been exploring “Testing Materials” and “Building Stuctures”. And, while they are CERTAINLY not as sturdy as the Golden Gate Bridge, these marionettes have been built to last for YEARS! Below is a small snippet of our thoughts about the process SO far:
“When I went in the classroom, Mrs. Renton was explaining about making a marionette. She explained that we had to start collecting paper towel tubes and newspaper and jugs!” ~Elijah
“Click, clack, click, clack … our shoes said as we walked into the school. HEY! What are all those paper towel tubes? We’re making marionettes, our teacher explained!” ~Nick
“Hmmm … OH! A visitor! You want to learn how to make a marionette? Listen to me closely, for it is VEERRY hard. The materials are: newspaper, paper towel tubes, (the long type, not the toilet paper), lots and lots and lots and lots of masking tape, brown paper towels, water, flour and salt. (I think that’s it.) ~AJ
“People of the world, you’ll never guess what we did as an art project! My marionette’s name is going to be Lily. Now, I’ll take you on a marionette process adventure! Those of you who don’t know how to make a marionette … listen VERY carefully!” ~Jayden
“Do you know how to make a marionette? Well, to start a marionette, you need a paper towel tube and newspaper. First, you need to cut up the paper towel tubes. Take every piece of paper towel and roll it into a cylinder. Then, take a newspaper and roll it until you can’t roll it anymore. Then, take a small piece of tape and gently place it around the newspaper.” ~Ella
“We started with paper towel tubes and newspaper. First we taped the cut paper towel tubes to make the joints for the arms. Then, we taped a full sized paper towel tube cut down the side of it to make the body. We rolled up newspaper to extend the body. MORE newspaper! Next, we had to crumple up two whole newspapers in a head shape, to obviously make the head! Time for a mushy mess!” ~Tommy
“Do you like or love papier mache? I don’t. If you’re wondering what papier mache is, it’s French for paper mache. We used papier mache for our marionettes. It smells bad. I can STILL smell it! Papier mache (glue) is made of flour, water and that’s all I can remember about the recipe. I am going to dress my marionette in Ukrainian traditional clothing because I like their traditional clothing. We still aren’t finished. Some marionettes already have their hair on.” ~Tre
“Do you know how I made my marionette? Here is how I made it. First, get one paper towel tube, (you need a paper towel tube that is cut on the side). Next, you use tape to stick to the side that is cut. After that you have to get a piece of newspaper, roll it up until it looks like a stick, bend it until both sides touch together evenly. Use one newspaper and crumple it to a face (shape). Then, do the same thing with another newspaper (for the back of the head).” ~Joyce
“If the newspaper is too fat, it doesn’t work because you have to fold it and put it in the biggest tube when you’re done rolling. Next step, put the smaller tube through the newspaper. Next step, put the head on, eyes, now and mouth … then papier mache!” ~James
“One day at school we made marionettes. First we put the head together. I missed the head part and the body part so Zubayda did mine. I wasn’t here. My marionette will be from Peru.” ~Cemre
“At the beginning of the papier mache, we dipped the papers into the glue Mrs. Renton made for us, which I didn’t like at first. But, it got more fun as I got to the fact part.” ~Lauren
“Then we made hands and then papier mached the hands to it. After we started to put the eyes on, with some paper towel because our eyes are not round, right? (To make the eye lids). After that we started to do the hair and started sewing the hair. Oh. One hint … when you papier mache it is so gooey. I loved making marionettes. You should really try it.” ~Davis
“Mrs. Renton poked holes under the eyebrows so we could put eyes in those holes. After that we did the eyelids. Also, we did the mouth. We also did a second and third layer. Soon, we will be bringing our marionettes hoe and we will be putting clothes on our marionettes. By the way, my marionette will be from India.” ~Chelsea
“Have you made a marionette before? I think that I am going to dress my marionette in Ukrainian traditional clothing.” ~Tyler
“I made little balls for the nostrils. Then, I cut out small squares, rolled them up and then I curved them a little bit so they can look like real eyebrows. After, I taped them. Next I cut out two small squares for the cheeks. You should fold it a few times. Then, you papier mache. ~Amro
“Take one full sheet of newspaper and crumple it so the front is flat … this will be your head. Make a nose by rolling newspaper the same way you did before, however it’s small. Fold it so it is the shape of a nose. Simply crumple up a tiny bit of newspaper to make the nostrils. Just stuff them into the sides of your nose and you have nostrils. To make an eyebrow you take some newspaper and use the same folding motion as the last time. Then, you tape them onto where your eyebrows would be. Get prepared for some extreme gloop!” ~Ben
“Have you ever made a marionette? It’s really hard to make a marionette but it’s fun. The only thing I think is gross is putting the papier mache on! The hardest part is putting the papier mache on. The second hardest part was rolling the eyebrows. But, I liked making the eyebrows.” ~Constantine
“The first time I started papier mache it was very gross but I got over it! Have you ever made a marionette? You should try it too if you haven’t! I am going to dress my marionette in Peru’s traditional clothing because I am most interested in Peru’s culture and clothing. I want to learn more about where they live. Have you ever had experience in Peru? I think all countries are awesome!” ~Rayann
“Last but not least we made hair. This is what we did: we got wool and wrapped it around our desk trays. Then, Mrs. Renton took out her sewing machine and sewed the hair together and we put our hair on our marionettes. My marionette is going to be from Tunisia because I am interested in Tunisia’s desert clothes.” ~Chris P.
“You should try to make a marionette. I am doing Peru because I am really interested in it! Good luck!” ~Zubayda
“We made marionettes and we chose one of the four countries: India, Peru, Tunisia and Ukraine. I chose Ukraine because they have different schools. I want to learn about the Ukraine. I want to learn more about how they dress. I don’t like putting my fingers in the glue. It felt slimy and gooey!” ~Dimitri
“Ewww! This stuff is SO gooey and gross, I complained. We were making marionettes but I NEVER thought that we would have to touch this stuff! If you ever wondered how to make a HANDMADE marionette, well then you’ve Googled the RIGHT thing! Try to focus on your marionette and what country you want. I chose mine to be from Peru, because I am SO intrigued with it! Now … I should introduce you to MY marionette! Gasp! Her name is Lily Faithel Maria, (isn’t it a BEAUTIFUL name?)!” ~Rebecca
“Hmm … I wonder how you make marionettes? Now I know how to make a marionette and you do too … so you should go try making one!” ~Danny
It took a LOT of team work and cooperation to make this a successful experience. We have a LOT more work to do. Once they are “dressed” in their traditional clothing, we will take some digital photographs and share them with you! We are SO excited to take these pictures, upload them into comic life and write about some of the amazing discoveries we’ve made about our four countries! Below is a “slideshow”. We sure hope you enjoy seeing a “part” of the process:
- Have you ever made a marionette?
- Where did marionettes ORIGINATE from?
- Is there anything about this process that you still wonder about? Let us know and we will answer back!