My high school students love the fact that they get to use X-acto knives. There’s just something about being old enough to be trusted with a potentially disastrous situation. Or… maybe it’s because they love the clean, detailed results a good blade can give them. Or… maybe it’s because it’s a completely different type of project. It could be all of the above. I try to have at least one project per year for the high schoolers that uses an X-acto knife. This year, they made molas.
Molas from Mexico are usually made from fabric, but we used good ol’ fashion construction paper. The students started off drawing a general shape, whether it was an animal, object, or design. The idea was to cut large shapes and leave some of the last sheet to create the overall picture.
They turned out lovely!