Introduction

During 1971-1983 Steve Pratchett taught papier-mâché sculpture to children at Godwin Junior, Southwood Primary and Manford Primary schools in Essex. During 1986-2010 he introduced the papier-mâché into the BEd & PGCE Primary initial teacher training art & design programmes at Marjon and undertook some projects using this medium in local schools. During practical participation in sculpture workshops, the students have developed their papier-mâché subject knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, ideas and resources.

"The irresistible appeal of papier-mâché lies in a combination of three things - the ease with which it can be made and worked; its immense versatility; and the ready availability of materials."(Bawden 1990)