To enhance our school-wide investigations of Egypt, we began paper making with the students. Amy, our fabulous clay teacher and artist in residence, facilitated much of the process. Here is a window onto how it all happens:
We began with mixing cotton pulp (made from cotton tee shirts, supplied by Ray Tamasso) in a large shallow vat.
Next, we pulled the screen (mold) through the vat collecting paper pulp.
The children enjoyed listening to the water drain from the screen.
When we no longer heard it draining, we flipped the screen over onto felt.Using sponges and a small rolling pin to help press excess water out of the new piece of paper, we encouraged the newly created sheet to release from the screen.
Every class will have the opportunity to make paper on Mondays throughout January