Do you know how to make a marionette? We do! Our teacher, Mrs. Renton, taught us how to make these splendid puppets in February! We’d love to tell you a little bit about the process we went through. Long before even getting started, we had to collect a MOUNTAIN of paper towel tubes, newspapers and a “big mouth” juice jug for EACH of us! It took us WEEKS to gather these materials.
Once we had all these items, we were READY to BEGIN construction! We MUST have gone through SEVERAL kilometres of masking tape … well … maybe that was a LITTLE exaggerated … but, in order to build our structures we DID go through a TON of tape! Our classroom looked like a FACTORY as we all worked together to build the bodies, attach shoulders and form the faces of our marionettes piece by piece. Next came the papier mâché!
Working with the papier mâché paste might have been OOEY and GOOEY, and it MIGHT have looked a bit like mashed potatoes, but we were ON a MISSION! To make these structures STRONGER, we used flour and water paste to glue on small bits of brown paper towel. Each time we dipped our paper towels into the mixture we had to “milk” the glue off so that it was a THIN layer that would NOT drip. Each piece of paper towel had to be carefully placed so that the “skin” would be smooth like REAL skin! We had to do two solid layers and then we got to add our very special eyes, eye lids and lips! Once THIS was done, our marionettes looked more realistic.
When they had dried, we sewed wool wigs for each of them. This was a GOOD thing because, without hair, they sure looked like E.T.! We got to take them home … but … we weren’t finished YET!
In Social Studies, we have been learning about four countries: Ukraine, India, Tunisia and Peru. Our challenge was to choose one of these countries, research the traditional clothing and DRESS our marionettes in that clothing. We are SUPER excited about creating a comic life, on the computers, with all the photos we have taken of our magnificent creations!
What’s cool is that this wasn’t just an ART project … it fit with social studies, science, language arts, and more! We hope we’ve inspired YOU to make your OWN marionettes at home! If you are looking for MORE information and pictures about the process, you could ALWAYS check our EARLIER post out!
For now, we HOPE you enjoy our Animoto!