Today I had the joy of going into a public school and doing an art workshop with a class of kids. It was so much fun! I did a demonstration with clay and we created mixed media box trolls. I recently watched the Boxtrolls movie and loved the claymation that they used. It really was quite interesting and very creative. So, I decided to create my own box trolls. In the movie the trolls each lived in a box and took on the name of the box that they were wearing. So, each child made their own box and designed their own label. It was awesome to see so much creativity coming out of the students and that each one was unique in its own way. I love how you can give kids a pile of materials and they make use of them making things I would of never think of.
So how did we create these one of a kind box trolls? We started with some air dry clay and designed heads. We moulded and sculpted eyes, noses, mouths, teeth, and even tongues. I loved to see how some made hats, hair, and even accessories to go with their trolls. Each face took on a personality of its own and I soon got to see the interests of the students coming to life in what they were creating. After all you create what you like.
Next we took small paper boxes and had a smorgasbord of materials out for the kids to play with! They began to poke holes and make pipe cleaner arms, clay feet, decorative feather dresses, plaid tape ties, and much more. Some added paint and markers, and others used lots of tape! There was no right or wrong way and they all looked great!
The last step was to allow the clay heads to dry and then glue them to the top of the box! There you have it! A uniquely designed box troll. My highlight was to be able to watch the kids create and to see how much they enjoyed it! Give it a shot with your kids. Believe me, they’ll love it!