Japanese kids are well known of their tenacity and attention to details that result in carefulness in almost every action they do. This is not surprising since the simulation of arts and tradition provide supporting atmosphere for these character traits to develop. To craft paper is something familiar to do since early age through origami techniques of the art of folding papers. Different sizes, textures, colors of papers can be formulated into dazzling toys, containers and characters. In a more complicated technique and design, to craft paper into wearable outfits and character costumes like commonly found in costume play, are even made competitive. If you are a teacher, education facilitator, trainer, or student teacher, paper arts is worth mastering to vary methods and improve children and teenagers’ creativity as well as imagination.
Craft Paper Creatively: Dynamic Themes for Kids and Teens
Themes of the paper arts are important to connect what you and the pupils do with real experience or social contexts outside the class. To craft paper based on Halloween, Thanksgiving or Valentine’s themes will bring the arts alive and meaningful. Besides giving dynamics to the variation of the arts, changing themes can avoid boredom especially when the techniques used to craft paper is getting more advanced and challenging. Paper art is flexible to be done individually and in groups, ranging from the early age up to adults. The materials are easy to find, hence it is budget friendly. Most school art recommends usage of available materials combined with several techniques, including the most regular activity, i.e. setting class decorations. For club or after school programs, materials can be bought upon a set budget. When you facilitate one of these activities, after setting a theme of paper craft or art, decide the materials and methods to craft paper that suit best the audience. It should be affordable and easy to collect.
How to Craft Paper in Various Methods
Talking about methods to craft paper into art works can vary from folding, cutting, blending, forming, constructing, printing and many more. Whichever the methods being used, the motor skills ability of the audience should be put first on the priority. Expressions of imagination and aesthetic can come later after all the techniques are trained and acquired. Tools needed in making paper art have to be facilitated such as, scissors, cutters, rulers, punch aid, knives and other cutting tools as well as some substances to add to paper pulps to create sculpture and other three dimensional character arts. Training certain methods have to be well-suited with the range of age and eye-hands coordination skills. This will also affect which tools are safely used for younger pupils to craft paper in their daily activities. Safety should be the policy for early learners. It is also important to set rules and limitations when children are learning how to use certain tools to avoid accidents. Timing should come to the next consideration, especially when you facilitate a session for certain events which are usually not longer than two to three hours. Make the goals doable for the kids and teens involved, it is not perfection that matters but expressions.
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