Self-Portrait Busts in Grade 6

These took quite a while to make and required patience, problem solving and imagination. It’s amazing what you can do with a box, balloon and paper mache! Find more self-portrait lesson ideas here.

Attaching the ‘head’

paper mache EVERYTHING several layers!

Final paper mache layer should be white paper

Adding facial details

Adding skin color

Looking quite realistic now!

Adding details

I think they turned out lovely don’t you?


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13 thoughts on “Self-Portrait Busts in Grade 6

  1. Definitely worth it! I only see my kids once a week (and not that often if we don’t have school on their day — which happens more than you’d think!). I did a paper mache project with my fifth graders and it took the whole 9 weeks! I would love to try this, or something similar, but worry about time constraints. I’m hoping to eventually get to see them twice a week, but who knows 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

    • I am lucky to have a big classroom which is jam packed with artwork at the moment. Time to have an artshow and de-clutter! Love your site by the way–you are very talented and patient with those scissors!

  2. Could you please provide me with your paper mache recipe as I would love to do this with my year 6 class. Looks terrific. Thanks for the idea.
    Beth Hatty
    Tocumwal Public School
    NSW Australia

    • Of course you can have my recipe. You combine 1/2 cup all-purpose flour with 2 cups cold water in a bowl. Use a whisker for fast mixing. Add this mixture to a saucepan of 2 cups boiling water and keep whisking while it boils again . Remove from the heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar. Let it cool and you are set to go! Have fun 🙂

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