Apr 11, 2013

Coffee Can Totem Pole

This was my solution to finish off my coffee can totem pole project, going with the kind of “wooden” look that kraft paper does so well. Some excited students later added lots of color, but I think the features stand out best when just outlined in black. Here’s an overview of how this pole was made:
1. I taped together about 8 jumbo sized coffee cans with heavy tape.
2. Students tore up brown packing paper that had come with recent art supplies and paper mached it onto the cans, rubbing it as smooth as they could. One class of 25 working in two groups covered it really well in about 45 minutes. Let dry for several days.
3. Referring to my Totem Pole coloring page, I drew faces with similar styles. I started with pencil, then traced the lines with a black marker to make them more visible. The paper will be kinda bumpy, so to get final black fluid lines, trace the marker with a small brush dipped in black tempera cake paint.


Allison said...

Hi! I'm not sure where else to post this. . . This afternoon I purchased one of your PDFs to use with my 3rd grade students. Every time I tried to click on the download file, I got an error message. I kept trying but then got a message saying I had tried to download it too many times. So, since I was desperate and had 22 third graders staring at me waiting for their art, I bought it AGAIN and thought it would hopefully work this time, but I didn't even RECEIVE the file the 2nd time. :-( So, I spent $10 and didn't even get the product. I did not see anyplace on the website to send an email, so that is why I am leaving this as a comment. Can you help me? Thank you!!! :-)

Kathy Barbro said...

Hi Allison, I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. I know that downloads at school computers sometimes have issues for reasons out of my control, but I am always happy to send files via email. I just replied to your email purchase with the file attached.