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<< Now the collage part seems to be making the
paintings very busy, and I'm not sure the whole thing works as a cohesive
I did realistic, lead pencil portraits. They measured a 1" border and in it
drew and color pencil colored a pattern of shapes of personal objects of
importance to the kids.
Then I copied the portraits without the border, and the kids colored theirs
with markers in Peter Max or Andy Warhol style. I allowed realistic coloring,
also, if they resisted pop coloring (because of their age).
I overlapped their colored portraits and made a mural of a crowd. When I
disassembled the mural, they each mounted their color portrait on a color of
They have two artworks to take home, the realistic pencil and the colored
portrait. These were 4th graders. They were all satisfied.
I would stop the background, if not too far along. I would make a border and
put the collage in the border. I wouldn't abandon the project. I'd make a
sample and experiment. If too far along, I would adhere a white tissue paper
over the collage to mute it. (I haven't tried this, it just popped into my