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And Our Marionette Adventure BEGINS!

Posted by on January 22, 2016

The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.

~Paul Strand

This week began with the excitement of knowing that we would be starting our integrated, multi-disciplinary marionette project. We are SO excited and can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us!

We are AMAZED by the fact that paper towel tubes, newspapers and masking tape can become such awesome creations!

We are AMAZED by the fact that paper towel tubes, newspapers and masking tape can become such strong building materials … by itself,none of it is all that strong!

We are SHOCKED by how this project fits in SO many areas of learning! This is just the BEGINNING of our marionettes and ALREADY we have talked about fractions, measurement, referents, symmetry, 2 D shapes and 3 D objects in MATH! We’ve learned that you can build with a variety of materials and even make SOME materials STRONGER in SCIENCE. Just LOOK at what we’ve managed to do with our FLIMSY newspaper!!! We also LOVE that we are UP-CYCLING! ALL of these materials … including the JUICY jugs … would have ended up, worst case scenario, in the garbage. Best case scenario? In our recycling bins! We done research and note taking, sketching and PLANNING. Gosh … we’ve worked on collaborating, team work, effective communication skills and active LISTENING! We’ve learned that “paying it FORWARD” is a WONDERFUL way to walk through life … helping others … because when you’re dealing with MASKING tape … and newspaper … and paper towel tubes … you need ALL the helping hands you can GET!

Let the GAMES begin! We have our PARTNERS ... we have our TAPE ... we are RARING to go!

Let the GAMES begin! We have our PARTNERS … we have our TAPE … we are RARING to go!

It’s only been THREE days since we began our marionette adventure and we have MANY more weeks to GO! Just LOOKING at that last paragraph, no WONDER we’re pooped and ready for the weekend! Phew!

What follows are our thoughts SO far:

“We started working on marionettes on Monday. The easiest part was the newspaper because it was all rolling. It took so much time to do. My most challenging part to do was the head, the nose and the nostrils … and the eyebrows. I learned about building with newspaper. If you roll it, it gets stronger. My favourite part, or highlight, was taping because it was easy to rip. My low light was taping the whole thing because it took a l-o-n-g time! I am looking forward to making a movie. I have chosen Ukraine because my friend is from Ukraine and because the girls’ dresses are very nice. I wonder, from all the countries, on special days … do they wear special clothes? I can’t wait to papier mache!” ~Alexia

“Well, this is what we are doing in class. We are doing our marionettes!!! The easiest thing was doing the arm links and putting them on because they were small and easy to work with. The hardest thing was doing the eye brows and the nose too. My friend helped me. This is what I’ve learned with building with paper: that it is useful for our marionettes. It is cool that we put on the masking tape because it will hold the paper. I have no low lights!” ~Aboudi

Let's see ... I'll hold the tube while you do the taping ... then, we can switch and work on YOURS together!

Let’s see … I’ll hold the tube while you do the taping … then, we can switch and work on YOURS together!

“Guess what my class did a few days ago. We made marionettes! We are really close to doing papier mache. That is the French word for paper mache. Today we did the eye brows and noses! The easiest part of my marionette was taping the neck because all you need is one piece of tape! The hardest part of my marionette was the head and the nose because for the head it is hard to get the right looking shape! And for the nose it was hard to figure out the right place to put it. You won’t believe how easy it is to make paper stronger! All you need is a little bit of tape and there you go! The good thing is that my marionette’s face does not look like a monster! The bad thing about my marionette is that some pieces of tape are flappy! The part I’m looking forward to is dressing my marionette because I love the wrap saris! I think I am going to do India because I am from India. I love making marionettes!” ~Riddhima

“Guess what? We did marionettes for our art project! It is so fun because it is just fun. My favourite part is the body structures because it was the easiest part. The hardest part was doing the nose because you had to make it separately. I chose for my marionette to be from Peru. Each day we do a different part on our marionettes. It was so hard doing the face. It was fun.” ~Cooper

Oh my goodness ... I can't believe HOW much easier this job is with a partner!

Oh my goodness … I can’t believe HOW much easier this job is with a partner!

“This is going to be hard, I said in my head. In my class we are making marionettes. Mrs. Renton was just explaining how to make the body and the arm links of the marionette. Actually, it turned out it wasn’t as hard as I thought, but what I did find hard was the neck and especially the head. It’s weird because the head and the neck are only made of newspaper but if you roll, twist and tape it properly then it will turn out to be pretty stiff. Today we got one step closer to papier mache-ing! Yaaaaaa! My marionette is going to be dressed like a Peruvian rainforest girl. I can’t wait til Monday because that’s when we get to do papier mache!” ~Aimee

“Phew! It was THAT hard! Hi everyone! Today I am going to tell you about my marionette structure. We have made the body, head, shoulders, nose and eyebrows. My highlight is working in a group. I have chosen Peru because I do not want to do India and Tunisia. My brother did Ukraine so I did Peru. The most, MOST challenging part is … almost everything. The part I am really looking forward to doing is clothing with my grandma. My low light is cleaning up. My clothing is going to be a queen’s Peruvian clothing with a crown. I do not know what I am going to name it. I can not wait until grade two-ers get to do this! Time to go! Bye!” ~Mary

“We are EXHAUSTED making marionettes! The easiest part so far is the amazing taping and the hardest part is papier mache. I learned that building with paper is very fun! A highlight was using the newspaper because I love using paper. A low light is that it is very hard. Exhaustingly hard. I am looking forward to doing ANOTHER fun marionette! I have chosen Peru for my country. I am VERY happy that two very nice people came to help me catch up on my marionette.” ~Daniel S

How in the world is this flimsy newspaper EVER going to be strong enough to hold up the HEADS on our marionettes? WHAT? You can ROLL it and it becomes STRONGER???

How in the world is this flimsy newspaper EVER going to be strong enough to hold up the HEADS on our marionettes? WHAT? You can ROLL it and it becomes STRONGER???

“My class is up to making marionettes. Making the marionettes, the easiest thing was the arm links and the body, because it was the same way to make it and all we needed to do was to tape, and roll. My hardest part was making the heads because we need to make newspaper into a half oval. My highlight making my marionette was to hear that we will be making iMovies! My low light was: when I got mad because it was too hard to make the heads. I’ve chosen Ukraine to be my country because it was my favourite when we were trying out the tri-folds. I learned that paper can be made into wonderful things. I’m looking forward to dressing my marionette! I thought it was easy to do at first but it was very hard when I really tried.” ~Ella

“We did our marionette noses and eyes today! The easiest part for me is the arm links because they were easy to get it shaped. The most challenging part was getting the body small enough because it had to fit in the bottle. I learned that paper is really strong building material because it is holding our marionette heads up! My highlight was having fun with my classmates. My low light was trying to fit the tube in the bottle because it was too big. I am looking forward to the papier mache because I want to be messy! I’ve chosen Tunisia because it is really hot there!” ~Evan

Oh my GOODNESS ... this place is a DISASTER!!! But ... just LOOK at the fun we are having!

Oh my GOODNESS … this place is a DISASTER!!! But … just LOOK at the fun we are having!

“Guess what? We are making marionettes!!! We are making them from Peru, Tunisia, India and Ukraine. Mine is from the desert region in Tunisia. We will soon be doing papier mache. The easiest part for me, so far, is rolling paper towel tubes because my partner always has tape. The most challenging part for me, so far, is the eye brows because I could not get it so I asked for help and I got it. If you want to know about building with paper … you can make it stronger with masking tape because masking tape strengthens things. The highlight for me is that it is fun because I like it. The low lights for me is that it is hard because sometimes it’s hard. That’s all folks. Good bye!” ~Daniel B

“Hi! My name is Madison and I am going to tell you all about my marionette. My marionette is from Peru. I decided that I want to do Peru because my sister did Peru and it made me wonder a lot about Peru. My sister said to me: when you make marionettes it looks fun but it is hard. Did you know that Peru is south of the USA? Did you know that the capital of Peru is Lima? We’re almost done our marionettes. Hope you like it!” ~Madison

“Yes! Finally, we get to make our marionette structures! What? I was waiting for a LONG time! Now we are doing the noses. The easiest part was to tape because you just wrap. The hardest part was rolling the newspaper because if it was too big or fat you had to let go. I learned that paper is not a strong material because paper is weak. My highlight is it looks good. I don’t have any low lights. I’m looking forward to the clothing. The country I chose was Peru.” ~Alvin

Okay ... HOW many centimeters was this newspaper tube supposed to be? Around 20? Ya. That sounds about right!

Okay … HOW many centimeters was this newspaper tube supposed to be? Around 20? Ya. That sounds about right! Let’s make sure we start at the RIGHT end of the ruler!!!

“Wow! Those are the coolest marionettes I have ever seen. We are making marionettes. The easiest part of my marionette was making the body because I found it really easy rolling up the paper towel tubes. My class is up for the papier mache because we worked really hard. We learned that you can make paper into a really strong material. All you have to do is roll the paper up and maybe add a few strips of tape. The most challenging part of the marionette was doing the eye brows because my eye brows kept falling off my marionette. My highlight of this project was getting past and finishing my eye brows. My low lights were: nothing. I have had all highlights. I’m looking forward to putting the clothes on my marionette because I want to see what the clothes look like. I chose Tunisia because it seems like it’s a really rare country and I want to find out more!” ~Jamie

“Have you ever made a marionette? What me and my class were up to these past few days … we were building the structure for our marionettes. The easiest part was making the eye brows because you just have to roll a piece of paper. The hardest part was making the shape of the head because the head kept ripping. What I learned with building with paper is that you can make paper stronger. My favourite part was making the neck because I like to bend stuff. What I didn’t like was making the head because it was hard. I am really looking forward to the clothing and the papier mache because they look fun. The country that I chose was Ukraine because their clothes are cool.” ~Simos

Once you get the SHOULDER in place, you need even MORE masking tape! I can't BELIEVE how much masking tape we've gone through! We need SHARES!

Once you get the SHOULDER in place, you need even MORE masking tape! I can’t BELIEVE how much masking tape we’ve gone through! We need SHARES!

“I really loved doing my marionette. My favourite part that I enjoyed the most was the head because I am proud that I made it nice and smooth! The part that I didn’t enjoy doing was the nose and the ears because it was SO frustrating! The country that I have chosen is Tunisia because I like Tunisia because I like Tunisian traditional clothing. My favourite part was taping my whole marionette because I really like taping. I really, really liked doing the nose. I still feel like doing another one! I hope I do this in grade four! I’m really looking forward to putting the clothing on mine! I’m really up to doing the papier mache!” ~Fahad

“Yay! We are making marionettes! Mrs. Adamson’s class is coming to our classroom to watch our teacher show us the steps for making the marionettes. The easiest part was maybe … umm … the neck … because it was easy rolling up the newspaper. The most challenging part was making the head. You can easily make paper stronger by putting on layers of tape. My favourite part was the WHOLE thing! My low light is that some stuff was hard.” ~Ryan

Oh MAN ... here we go with ANOTHER great big mess! Are you KIDDING? You can use newspaper to make the marionette HEADS??? How in the WORLD is THAT going to be strong enough?

Oh MAN … here we go with ANOTHER great big mess! Are you KIDDING? You can use newspaper to make the marionette HEADS??? How in the WORLD is THAT going to be strong enough?

“Yay! We are doing our marionettes today. I found taping the head was the easiest part because it is a flat surface. The hardest part for me was making the nostrils because I am not good at crumpling. I learned that paper is not a strong building material but I can make it stronger because it would rip if it was weak. I am looking forwad to doing the papier mache because I want to see how it looks. The country I have chosen is Tunisia because I like it best. My favourite part was doing the head because it was easy. Another easy part was doing the arm lengths because all I had to do was shape some paper and tape it. Another hard part was doing the neck because rolling newspaper tightly is hard.” ~Omar

“Oh yeah! I forgot today we start our marionette structures! I am SO excited to make them. We made the marionette structures out of paper towel tubes, newspapers, scissors, an empty juice jug and a LOT of masking tape. First we made the body and the neck. Then we made the head and the arm links and today we made the nose and the eye brows. The easiest part for me was putting one piece of tape on the neck. The hardest part for me was making the arm links, making the head and making the body. I learned that flimsy paper can turn into a strong marionette neck and EVEN a marionette head!!! I liked everything about making the marionettes even the harder parts, (they give me a good challenge). I honestly don’t have any low lights! I am REALLY looking forward to doing the papier mache and taking them home to put the clothes on. Thanks for reading!” ~Sarah

OKAY ... NOW we're starting to GET somewhere!!! Once the front and back of the HEAD is on ... and COVERED in masking tape ... it actually LOOKS human. ALMOST!!!

OKAY … NOW we’re starting to GET somewhere!!! Once the front and back of the HEAD is on … and COVERED in masking tape … it actually LOOKS human. ALMOST!!!

“Hear ye! Hear ye! We are collecting all the marionettes from Ukraine, India, Tunisia and Peru! So, chop, chop! But, first I will say a few words about the marionettes. The highlight for me was the part when I did the taping because I just love tape because it’s the shorter way of using glue! My low light was when we did the noses because my partner didn’t really get how to make the nose so I had to explain it to him because he had no idea of how to do it!!! The easiest parts were when we did the taping because I just love, love, love, love to use tape! The hardest part for me was when we did the head because it was hard to get the shape and it kept ripping!” ~Mila

“Hello! We are forming our marionette structures. You must want to know what marionettes are. The easiest part was when we did the eye brows. The most challenging part was the nose. I chose Ukraine because I am part Ukrainian. My favourite part was when we did the shoulders My low light was when we did the head. It was so hard. I am looking forward to papier mache. We learned you can make paper stronger by rolling it. We had to make paper towel tubes smaller. We rolled them.” ~Carson

WHAT? Now we have MORE measuring and rolling and taping to do! We have to make the NOSES and the EYE brows!

WHAT? Now we have MORE measuring and rolling and taping to do! We have to make the NOSES and the EYE brows!

“Awesome! We just did our marionette structures! My favourite part was making the neck out of newspaper. I thought the hardest part was doing the nostrils because it’s hard to hold the ball together without it unwrapping. Paper is a very flimsy material but you can make it strong in several ways. I can’t wait to see what it looks like after doing the papier mache. I can’t wait until they’re finished and we put on the clothing and take them home. They look really good. Next session we are doing papier mache. It’s going to be very fun. The heads are shaped like an oval, not a circle.” ~Tanek

“Guess what? We made our marionette structures. Right now they look nothing like people but soon they will. My favourite part was putting on the nose because I liked curling paper and taping. I didn’t like the eye brows because of how you put them on. The easiest part was curling the paper towel tub and taping it together. I learned that even thought paper is flimsy you can make it strong. The country that I chose is Peru, the mountain region, because I liked their clothes and I just wanted to. What I am looking forward to most is doing the papier mache and dressing them.” ~Elise

Wow. What an UNbelievable adventure so far! We CAN'T believe how much more HUMAN they look!

Wow. What an UNbelievable adventure so far! We CAN’T believe how much more HUMAN they look!

“I’m excited about this project because it is my first time making a marionette. I’m excited because we are doing our four countries. I’m doing Tunisia because I like it because of how the clothes look. They look awesome. I think I like challenging myself to make a good marionette. The easiest part is the face and nose because the face you need to get a good oval shape.” ~Kagan

“Yay! We got to build our marionettes. We are not done but it’s really fun. My favourite was making the body because we got to put a lot of tape on and because we got to use team work. The country I’m doing is Tunisia because I studied that. The easiest part was the arm links because I had enough practice with the body so it was pretty easy. The most challenging part was the neck because I had to get help. The biggest highlight was getting the nose done because that was another really hard part. The biggest low light was the cheek bone because I didn’t put them actually in the right place. The thing I learned with paper was that we can make it stronger just by rolling it up. The reason why I thought it won’t work was because paper is really flimsy. The one thing I’m looking forward to doing is iMovies with our marionettes because I want to learn how to do iMovies. Can we do this again, Mrs. Renton? PLEASE???” ~Matthew

Next week? PAPIER mache! Cross your FINGERS for us! We can’t WAIT to see where this adventure takes us! We sure hope you enjoy our slide show as much as we have enjoyed THIS part of the marionette adventure:

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I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way β€” things I had no words for.

~Georgia O’Keeffe

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

~Pablo Picasso

22 Responses to And Our Marionette Adventure BEGINS!

  1. Erica

    Looks like fun! I have enjoyed hearing about your work all week. It is very cool to see pictures of you hard at work. Can’t wait to see how you progress!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Erica!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We are glad that you keep leaving us comments because then we learn how to leave great replies! Building the marionette structures was a lot of fun. It was a little challenging in some places for some of us … but … good thing this class loves to work together and help one another.

      Keep checking back! Have a nice day!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  2. Granny. Gwen

    I am looking forward to seeing your finished products! Will you do a show to introduce your marionettes to each othet? What a great learning experience this is.gb

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Granny Gwen!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We are glad that you are looking forward to seeing our finished marionettes! We are too! We are glad that you think it’s a great learning experience! Later on in the year we will be making iMovies with our marionettes. We’ll also be putting a slideshow on the blog to show all our finished marionettes!

      Keep checking back! Have a nice day!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  3. Rachel

    Wow Grade 3! It looks like you’ve been working hard all week and it sounds like you’re having a BLAST doing it! That’s the best kind of work! I hope you enjoy doing the papier mache just as much.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Rachel!

      Thanks for the generous comment! We have been working hard all week. It’s surprising how much work actually goes into making these marionettes! We DID have fun doing the papier mache … but … we’re STILL not finished!

      Have a nice day, Rachel! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  4. Irene

    I can’t wait to see the finished marionette! I have two more waiting for their new brother on the shelf. πŸ™‚ Mrs. Renton if you have tips for finding costume pieces, I’m all ears. I’m glad you are able to upcycle all those materials into a beautiful piece of art.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Irene!

      Thanks for the amazing comment. We’re really glad that you can’t wait to see our finished marionettes. We can’t either! Lots of our brothers or sisters have already made marionettes so some of us are starting to get a collection of marionettes at home! Here are some of our tips for traditional clothing: check the blog for pictures of marionettes done by previous bloggers to see how they were dressed in the traditional clothing from our four countries and do a google search to see what the traditional clothing looks like. We hope this advice helps. Good luck with your marionette! We are really happy we are upcycling too!

      Have a nice day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  5. Alvin

    Hi
    Nice marionettes. Marionettes are fun to make! I am looking forward to dress it up.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Alvin!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! Marionettes are fun to make. We agree! We are all looking forward to dressing up our marionettes!

      Have a nice day, Alvin. Keep checking back! πŸ˜‰

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  6. Melissa

    What a wonderful project! Can’t wait to see the final designs. Have fun Grade 3’s!!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Melissa!

      Thanks for the generous comment! We love how you check out the blog! The marionette project is fun. We can’t wait to see the final designs too!

      Have a nice day. Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  7. Matthew

    Hi Grade 3’s. Looking forward to paper mache today. Have a good day!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Matthew!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We had a lot of fun with papier mache!

      Have a good day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  8. Melissa

    Oh – one question: Why are marionettes called marionettes??

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Melissa!

      Marionettes are called marionettes because you can move them with string. Ours can move but they are really more like rod and stick puppets!

      Have a nice day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  9. Grandma & Grandpa D.

    Looks like a fun and interesting project. Papier Mache is so much fun to do! Can’t wait to see the finished project. We really enjoyed the slide show.

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Grandma and Grandpa D.

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We are really glad that you enjoyed the slideshow. We think that papier mache is fun to do too! We can’t wait to see the finished projects TOO! We already have some marionettes back and dressed! The project is interesting and fun. When we’re done and all the marionettes are back, there will be 62 “people” in our classroom!

      Have a nice day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  10. Alison

    I have always wondered how the Grade 3 marionettes were made! What a process, and I am impressed by how many different skills you need and are learning to do this project. I am very excited to see how they turn out. When and where was the first marionette ever made?

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Alison!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We’re happy that you are wondering about how the grade 3 marionettes are made. We hope our pictures and writing help you to figure out a bit more of our journey. We are glad that you are impressed by how many skills we needed to make our marionettes. It was hard … but … we’re still not finished! We are starting to give our marionettes names and some of them are already back and dressed! We may have been through a lot but there is still a long way to go! We’re not sure when the very first marionette was ever made but some websites say that puppets have been around for thousands of years … and … marionettes may have begun in Europe. We’ll need to keep searching!

      Have a nice day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

  11. Prasenjit and Shreeparna

    That’s a cool way of learning an ancient art , which involves so many disciplines….great mix of art , math and science . Im sure the finished products will be great and the kids will cherish it…..any plans to string it up and have a puppet show πŸ™‚ !!

    • The Grade Three Bloggers

      Hi Prasnejit and Shreeparna!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We think it’s a cool way of learning an ancient art too! We thought it was a great mix of art and math and Social Studies and Science too! We won’t string them up for a puppet show but we will be writing scripts and making iMovies! We are very excited about it!

      Have a nice day! Keep checking back!

      The Grade Three Bloggers πŸ™‚

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