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Help Us Make Papier Mache Sculptures

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Update on Project with Kids Home Foundation


What: Kids Home Foundation Smile Holidays Project

When: During the Thai School summer holidays, starting on 26 March to 11 May 2012, inclusively. Closed for Songkran: April 13 -16. Our art session are likely to be on the weekends, spread out between 26 Mar – 4 May. Expect about 5 sessions (eg. 1 – 2 hours per session, sorting dates/times now with the Foundation).

Where: Kids Home Foundation premises in Chiang Mai city

First of all, THANK YOU to all who have written to me via this website/blog and on ArtSpeak’s FB page with your ideas, volunteering time etc. I will contact you once I have worked out the finalĀ  schedule with the Foundation (it should all be signed off by the second week of March).

Main Art Activity
(anyone with the will and passion, some free time, can help*):

ArtSpeak will conduct the following main art activity with the children cared for by the Kids Home Foundation (est. 30 children will take part):
Make papier mache animals (we may make a menagerie of animals or let the children vote on 1 ) that are fairly large sized (at least about 20 – 30inches and much larger) that are still portable for ‘traveling’ exhibitions and also a main final exhibition for the parents, friends of the children and the public to enjoy and learn more about what Kids Home does.

We hope to work together with the children to create a large-sized papier mache sculpture towards the end of the project.

The children will learn how to recycle everyday things like newspapers and cardboard boxes. They will work together in groups to make, paint and adorn their creations in their unique styles (paint, fabric wraps etc).

Materials needed for above

  • Used large salad bowls and pots for mixing paste, ladles, whisk or short branches
  • Flour
  • Glue
  • A lot of old newspapers plus those pesky newsprint brochures you get in the post
  • Rolls of masking tape
  • Pairs of scissors (I have 2 pairs now, need more! you can take them back when the project is done)
  • Used mineral water bottles for recycling as containers for paints and water
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard paper towel, tissue/toilet roll tubes
  • 3 tubs of water-based white wall paint, Acrylic or tempera paints and paintbrushes (new or old as long as there are usable)
  • Sponges and rags for cleaning
  • Glossy varnish to protect the painted artwork

Other Possible Concurrent Activities:

There may also be a few other smaller projects (eg. painting T-shirts, used glass bottles & making clay animals).

Materials needed for above

  • Plain T-shirts (prefer children sizes or small to medium)
  • Fabric paint & paint fastener to protect fabrics
  • Clay
  • Used glass bottles
  • Used mineral water bottles for recycling as containers for paints and water
  • Paint brushes
  • Tempera or acrylic paint, paintbrushes
  • Cardboard

Please contact me (Li Li) if you want to donate materials or help, entertain or perform for the children (singing, music, magic shows). THANK YOU!


*To protect the children, all volunteers will need to give Kids Home Foundation a copy of their ID or passport and fill up a simple form. Thank you.

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