Aug 16, 2010

Emu (and Cassowary) Sculptures

Inspiration: Thanks to Jane Liddelow from Orelia Primary in Western Australia (one of the great art teachers I meet with regularly) for the inspiration for these emus. Her students made some emus similar to these and I just had to make them with my new class of grade 3s.

The body and head were sculpted from aluminum foil, paper mached with white tissue paper and painted. The feathers are acrylic wool and the dangly legs are strips of fabric plaited together, the knotted pieces becoming feet.
I have them sitting atop the shelves in the library. The kids also made Emu Crossing signs for the sides of the shelves.
And here is the work of the two boys who chose to make cassowarys instead.


  1. Love these!! Creative use of materials and wonderful textures!

  2. You are doing such a nice job with these birds! I love it! Thanks so much for posting!

  3. These are so great. They remind me of the little soot monsters in Spirited Away.


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