Collage (this session with the 5th graders)

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Two sessions of one hour.
Material
– Several weeks before the session I asked the students to start collecting images they like: photos from magazine, tickets (museums, cinema…), photos, colored paper, postcards, receipts.
The interesting thing is that a lot of students brought images of things they like, not necessarily images they like. That was a surprise for me.
The day of the collage, I also brought lots of documents in case the students needed some.
– liquid acrylic medium (glue), low quality brushes, rags.

This is the cover of the students’ art notebook. I only photographed the front cover, but they made a collage on the front and on the back.
There were some technical problems due to the nature of the cover (non absorbent). The air bubbles were not easy to make disappear.

Collage – cover of the art notebook (this session with the 3rd graders)

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Two sessions of one hour.
First session
Material: images from magazines, postcards, tickets, photos…

Introduction to collage. I ask the students to bring images they like. I also bring images that I put on a table and that are available for them. I show some examples of collages by different artists. We talk about:
– associations between images (colors, themes, shapes),
– how to cut the images: deciding of a shape, or cutting along the shape of an animal, an object
– layering the images
– possibility to “write” a word with letters cut in an image.

Second session
Material: images from magazines, postcards, tickets…
Glue (fluid acrylic medium), low quality brushes for gluing, rags.

The second session is pretty messy with the fluid glue!
We learn how to apply the glue with a brush, on the back and on top of the images from magazines and how to avoid trapping the air underneath the images – the tricky part!
The thick images (from postcards for example) do not react the same way, they only need to be glued with some glue on the back.