Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Collage Art with Kids

 My favorite art to create myself is definitely mixed media collage art. I love using all the different mediums together to make one unique piece of work. I love the way the colors and textures blend together and I especially love how very forgiving collage art can be.
Emma has been enjoying this way of creating more and more lately. I thought it would be a fun one to bring into her class, but with limited time I had to come up with a way to simplify this process.
 By creating one drawing four times I was able to draw out each step we took to make this cute hippo. I think this will be a great visual for the kids to see and understand how he was created.

watercolor paper (4 sheets)
graphite or other drawing pencil
watercolor paints
assortment of decorated paper
mod podge
colored pencils
acrylic paints
paint brush
1. First draw out a simple drawing on the first sheet of paper. Then, do it three more times. Choose something simple and easy to look at. Set one aside as is.

 2. On the second drawing you will take it one step further and paint with watercolors. Set this aside.

 3. On the third sheet you will complete both step one and two and also add scraps of pretty paper with the mod podge. Use the pencil to outline major lines of your drawing that have faded away with the paint.

4. On the last sheet you will do all three steps that we have already done along with adding some more fine details with arcylic paints and colored pencils.

Here are all four drawings together. I think this is such a great way to teach collage art in a short period of time and with a large group of kids. It shows them exactly how the art is changed with each medium being added. Once they have an understanding of the process the possibilities are endless. You can start using random items like foil, paper punches, tissue...ect. It is a fun way for children to explore and create without the pressure of creating something that fits into specific guidelines.

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