Time permitted us to go the regular route in ONE class, and paint a base layer (white):
While in two other classes we went a different route:
Painting with no base layer (ran out of time).
This class didn't even have time for papier mache,
so I improvised and just had them use paper. . . eh, I don't know that I'd do it again.
More of the paper sculpture type ones.
Painting is the final step, and that's where the personality of the totems really starts to show. In a year where we don't run right up to the last day of school, we have a Pot Latch party, raising our totems and taking all our Native American projects home. I've also put two little spots of hot-glue between them to secure them and displayed them in corners of our hallways (if you do this, you have to be prepared for several accidental and "accidental" knocking over of your totem poles).
I love the Squidward one--look at those eyebrows!
Eye see you like our totems--sorry, I couldn't resist!