Year 8 - Pop Art Cakes

Inspired by the Pop Art artist Wayne Thiebaud the year 8 art students created Cakes using the Papier Mache technique.

First, with the students, we cut old newspaper in small pieces and we soaked it in water for 2 days, then we used an electric hand blender to triturate the paper and transform it into a soft dough. The dough mixed with PVA glue changed into Papier Mache. The students shaped the cakes and af-ter dried used acrylic paint to decorate the cakes.

Papier Mache (literally "chewed pa-per") has gained popularity worldwide because of its versatility. Paper was invented in China in the second century AD, and at about this time began to use Papier Mache as a good way to re-use the material which was then ex-pensive and hardly accessible. It was French craftsmen who first recognized the great potential of Papier Mache, making cups and snuff boxes and imitating stucco and plaster work.

The next step is going to be to advertise the cakes using the Andy Warhol art as inspiration for creative posters.


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