Can you please explain how they made these? I want to do this with my students, and I think I have an idea of how it’s done, but I’d love to hear your steps. Thank you!
Sure! The trick is to buy nicer quality toilet paper.. I use Charmin Ultra.. Each kid gets one roll and finds a photo of a food item they want to sculpt.
All you need is toilet paper and water to construct the basic forms. Students wet the toilet paper and then carefully squeeze the water out of it (very important to wring as much water out as you can because excess moisture will cause the paper to mold before it dries out.)
For cakes or objects with more volume, I have students first make an armature out of cardboard or card stock (like file folders) and masking tape. Then they drape the moist toilet paper sheets on it.
The toilet paper adheares to itself and hardens. When food has dried out (over a weekend or so) students paint th forms with watered down tempera paint trying to match the color they used in their reference photo.
Finally, you add the finishing touches- you can use spackling or joint compound for whipped cream, gloss medium with a little tempera pigment mixed in for sauces… Some kids bring in fast food boxes/containers. The “plating” assembly process really makes the projects come alive at the end. The last couple days at the end of this project are rather stressful. It helps to have another activity going on at the same time.. I usually save a movie for these days so I can really work one on one with them to arrange things. Hope this helps!
Your student work is impressive!
I wrote the book, “Recipes for Sculpture Methods for Creating Toilet Paper Food Sculpture and More ” published by Kendall Hunt Publishers in 2011, as a textbook on this subject. Middle school teachers have found it helpful to have several copies of the book in class for students to reference for answers to their “how to” questions.
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