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Old Forge Elementary students try their hands at Fastnacht Day art

February 11, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Old Forge Elementary third-grader Charlotte Harshman decorates her papier mach doughnut with colored rice and beads for the class's Fat Tuesday display.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

Inspired by the traditions of Fastnacht Day and Fat Tuesday along with a painter known for works of cakes and pastries, Old Forge Elementary School received help from Krumpe’s Do-Nuts as art teacher Liz Wishard put the school’s third grade students up to the task of making doughnuts for display.

But the students’ doughnuts aren’t for consumption.

They’re made from papier-maché.

“We study artist Wayne Thiebaud, and from there we talk a little bit about Fastnacht Day and the background with Mardi Gras and how they’re all related,” Wishard said. “We talk about the relationship between this and the background of Fat Tuesday just so they understand why we’re making the doughnut.”

The students spent the first day making the doughnuts from papier-mâché and on another day they made “frosting” from joint compound and acrylic paint. On Monday, they added the “sprinkles” made of tinted rice.

“I think I had some students trying to eat the frosting,” Wishard said jokingly. “They love the papier-mâché. I have fourth- and fifth-graders asking me if they are going to do a papier-maché project.”

The doughnuts are being put on display in the school’s hallways as the students finish them, Wishard said.

Krumpe’s doughnut shop in Hagerstown, which traditionally sells fastnachts — a square-shaped doughnut-like pastry — every year on Fastnacht Day and the day before, donated hats and boxes to the students.

Old Forge third-grader Chelsea Bowman, of Leitersburg, said she was looking forward to what her doughnut would look like when she finished it.

“It turned out to be good, and I’m starting to think it looks like a real doughnut,” Chelsea, 8, said.

Nick Wooster, of Smithsburg, said it was just “cool” to be making doughnuts.

“I’ve liked that we get to experience what it would be like to be in a real doughnut shop,” 8-year-old Nick said. “It could give us an idea of what to do if we wanted to be a doughnut maker.”

Wishard said she tries to do papier-mâché with her students every year but it can cause a mess, so doughnuts are an ideal choice for that because the shape is a simple one.

“From there I just created all the different ideas, and that’s where I got the idea for the background of using it for Mardi Gras,” she said. “We have such a wide curriculum, and I try to hit every possible thing we can by the time they leave elementary school.”

Dillon Smith, of Smithsburg, said he enjoyed painting the doughnut.

“It looks cooler with the painting around it,” Dillon, 9, said. “This has been a lot of fun because you get to make it on your own.”

Thomas Monn, of Leitersburg, said he enjoyed being able to make his doughnut original.

“You can do anything you want to it and make it your way,” said Thomas, 9. “I put black on top, I painted the bottom, and I kept overlapping sprinkles.”

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