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Unity and Variety in a Textural Collage
Students explore texture in art. In this textured collage art lesson plan, students observe and identify texture in famous artwork from artists around the world. Students plan and create a textured collage of a chosen animal.
Polygons in Symmetry: Animal Inventions
Fourth graders use polygons to create animal figures with symmetry. In this polygons and symmetry lesson, 4th graders create a symmetrical animal collage by cutting and gluing geometric shapes and figures from math activities.
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Old school collages go digital! Get creative juices flowing and let your class run wild with the ability to quickly import pictures from a variety of places, organize them on the page, add stickers, drawings, borders, and color effects, and describe what's going on in text boxes with fun font options.
Let's Create a Collage!
Students create a collage and identify the various styles of artists and illustrators. They read Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Bruce Wood and discuss his illustrations portrayed in the book. Students also create a collage and compare it to the other art forms studied in other lessons.
Family Gathering Collage
Students explore collages. They observe collages created by a variety of artists. Student create both traditional and computer collages using "family gatherings" as the theme. They manipulate materials and work with various objects.
Collaging With Sister Mary
Students create individual works of collage art using tissue paper, glue, and paintbrushes in this Art lesson plan adaptable for many different student levels. Emphasis is placed upon the works of Sister Mary Pertoli and her tissue paper collages.
Henri Matisse Collage
First graders explore the work of Henri Matisse. They use shapes to create a collage. Students create texture in their collage by using various types of papers and they study how to use various materials to make one unified piece of art.
Second graders create symmetrical art. In this visual arts lesson, 2nd graders use paper and yarn to design their own original symmetrical pieces of artwork.
Collage and Photomontage
Tenth graders discuss collage and photomontage techniques and artists, and how the art form can convey cultural or current issues. They research a collage artist, then design a topical or personally symbolic collage. Present their finished projects with a class gallery!
Philosophy of Life Collage
Students create a collage that displays their philosophy of life. For this life philosophy lesson plan, students research artifacts that tell about life, listen to songs, discuss how they can relate to these arts, and then make their own collage about life philosophies.
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Modern art is great to experience because it brings contemporary issues into everyday conversation. Upper graders consider the work of Mickalene Thomas, an artist that uses photo collage techniques to capture the beauty of African American women in today's society. They can engage in any of the three suggested activities as a way to build a better understanding and deeper analysis of this modern art. Images, discussion questions, weblinks, ELA, social studies, and art activities are included.
Lesson: A Collage of Cultures
The blanket being analyzed here seems simple and plain, but it reflects the culture and geography of the people who made it. Learners critically examine the influence geography and culture had on the creation of the blanket and on themselves. They create collages and write creative pieces that reflect their understanding of how they have personally been shaped by the world around them.
Students create a symmetrical artwork with construction paper, glue, and yarn. They identify symmetrical and asymmetrical balance in an artwork.
Young scholars, after discussing what they already know about collages and the people in their families as well as what they like to do with them, create a family collage that includes overlapping, shape, rhythm, positive/negative space, translucent, traditions and theme. They collect photos and then create their collages.
Exploring Bloom's Taxonomy Through Eric Carle Collage Technique
Students participate in shared readings of Eric Carle's books and investigate the art and story elements. They create a collage and answer questions.
Complete with a vocabulary list, this five-day lesson outline may get you on your way. Your art class will research Collage technique and famous collage artists. They then create a collage using a gel transfer technique. Steps and materials are discussed but some of the blanks in this lesson need to be filled in.
Rhythm and Art: Rhythm Collage
Students create a collage in response to musical rhythm. In this visual arts lesson plan, students will better understand the connection between visual arts and musical rhythm. Students will follow the teacher's model of letting the replication of geometric shapes parallel the patterns heard within the music.
Make a Collage!
Collage techniques give students another creative way to express themselves.
The Art of Romare Bearden
Students are introduced to the art of Romare Bearden. Using a packet, they discover Bearden's theme of family and African-American history in his art. After viewing specific examples of his artwork, they identify the ways in which he used collages.
Collage projects are always fun and can connect to some interesting topics, such as mola patterns designed by the Kuna tribe. Children express their understanding of shape, pattern, detail, and design as they draw, color, cut, and then paste a repetitive pattern onto construction paper. The pattern becomes the background for their highly detailed drawing of an animal. Tip: Have pupils research the purpose and execution of traditional mola designs.