Three Dimensional Paper Dragons and Lizards 3D Sculpture – Form, Pattern, Color, Texture
A Little History about Dragons… Dragons are legendary creatures, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: European dragon related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythology and the Chinese dragon with counterparts in Japan, Korea, and other East Asian countries.
European Dragons Vs Asian Dragons Asian Dragons resemble European Dragons have large snakes and are Bat-like wings growing wingless serpentine from its back. creatures with clawed feet. European Dragons are Asian dragons usually have a pearl that gives them often seen in Medieval power and allows them to wall murals. ascend into the heavens. Dragons are often held to have major spiritual significance: primal force of nature, religion and universe. Associated with wisdom and longevity.
Chinese New YearThe Chinese New Year is one of the only times we see full size three dimensional dragons. The dragon is a symbol of strength and sometimes used to scare off evil.
Body parts of a Dragon… European Dragons have wings, breathe fire, scales, claws, horns, can have two or more heads, more than one tail, two/four/or more legs Asian dragons have serpentine bodies, four legs, and usually without wings. Antlers of a deer, talons of an eagle, soles of a tiger, scales of a carp, eyes of a demon, four toes
What is a sculpture? A sculpture is a three dimensional artwork which can be realistic or abstract. Some sculptures you can walk around. These are called “in the round”. Some only have one three dimensional surface. These are called “relief”. A sculpture can be made out of ANYTHING… Our dragons will be made from paper.
Step 1: Choose one color of 12 x 18 piece of paper and fold in half like a “hotdog”.Step 2: Open folded paper and fold both sides into the middle fold.Step 3: Unfold paper and refold into original hotdog fold.
Step 4:When paper is refolded, you will notice a line created down the middle. Cut even vertical lines which pass this line but not all the way. This will ensure that your dragon moves.Step 5: Once you have cut all the way down your paper, fold into a triangular shape and glue together. Body is all done!!!
Step 6: You will need a new piece of 11 x 18 paper for the tail. Fold like a “hot dog”.Step 7: Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the next and cut on that line.Step 8: Fold corners into middle. This shape resembles an airplane.
Step 9: Unfold “airplane” shape and refold like a “hot dog”. Cut past the line in the middle just like you did with the body.Step 10: Create a triangle shape and glue together. Tail is complete!
Step 11: Connect tail and body togetherStep 12: Trace top and bottom of head template on a 8x 11 sheet of paper.Step 13: Glue bottom head shape into the open side of the body.
Step 14: Add eyes, teeth and other decorations to top shape for the head. Make sure you color your pieces before attaching them to your dragon body. Attach top shape to the top of open side of body.Step 15: You can add wings, teeth spikes to your dragon once it is all assembled.