Beginning Sculpture Class

In beginning sculpture class, we are currently learning about one way of making a sculpture called paper mache.

The term paper mache came from a French word meaning “chewed paper”.

I am going to introduce you how we created the paper mache sculpture.


Here are the steps to make it.

  1.  Prepare the materials : a bowl, water,  white glue, base structure, newspaper, gloves, brush if needed.
  2. Cut the newspaper into thin strips. The shapes and sizes would be depend on your project. Mostly, the width would be around 1 inch.
  3. Make a glue mixture. Pour the water and glue into the bowl in 2:3 ratio and blend them.
  4. Prepare the base structure : Examples are balloons or something that are made of chopsticks, Popsicle sticks, wires.
  5. Dip a strip of newspaper into the mixture. Make sure you remove any excess mixture from the strip.S
  6. Lay the strip over the surface of the base, and repeat it until it covers the whole surface. Make sure you don’t leave a space between strips. It would be better if you overlap the strips a little bit.
  7. Let it dry. It will take about 24 hours, depending on the size of the sculpture.  Leave it untouched until it dries.
  8. Repeat the process for 2-3 times. Having more than 2 layers would make the sculpture more solid.
  9.  Start decorating. You can paint colors to make the sculpture more realistic.


These are some images of examples of the paper mache sculpture.


As you can see above, you can create various shapes using different base structures.

Since this process needs a lot of works and would be pretty hard for one person to do it, we did this project as groups.

For me, it was more interesting to make sculpture with various materials compared to the previous project we did, which required only newspaper and tapes to make.