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Re: Super Collage project for many grade levels


Date: Tue Dec 30 2003 - 08:10:47 PST

Thanks for your feedback, Ken! What is most interesting to me about
those collaged interiors is that the process allows for virtually
anything in the way of mixed media. We used colored paper, watercolor,
markers (diffused coffee filters colored with marker, laid upon another
sheet of paper, sprayed with water to make them run and bleed in the
print to make some fabrics, vases, etc.), crayon, texture sheets,
tempera paint, fancy cut scissors in some cases, potato prints, stamps,
etc. The process is so open ended...just like designing for the things
we all put in our houses, such as varied textures, prints, colors,
surfaces, ecclectic mixtures of objects and furniture. The open ended
selection of the materials used for various parts of the collage
reminded me so much of the selection process as you build a room around
one major object. The major object for the assignment, or the buildng
block that directed the future of each artwork was the first thing we
did...the watercolor with seasonal colors. I simple kept reminding them
(over and over and over for kids this young!!!!) to think about the
colors and textures used so far when making future choices and adding
something new. What will harmonize with it? Do you need more contrast?
We explored unity. I just put out the materials I had available for them
to use and let them decide when to use them. The basic steps were:
1. Paint your watercolor landscape with you in the picture, frame it
(considering colors in the landscape)
2. Take it to the paper center to select a color that really looks great
with it (important thing was that they actually had to carry the picture
to the paper center to make selections)
3. Do the same thing for carpet color.
4. Choose from the colors you have used to build your fabric design to
harmonize with the room
5. Build the furniture (I demonstrated buildng a chair and a bed to
look like it was in perspective). Consider scale
6. Make sure you overlap your window ledge or frame a bit when glueing
down your furniture.
7. Make something else to go in your pic
that makes it more personal...a pet, a favorite toy, books, people,
vases, lamps, etc.

I can only imagine how off the charts this could be with high school.
You could build chairs with twigs, for example. You could tell them to
select a period of furniture style to include in their work. You could
build it around more complex choices of color schemes. I kept thinking,
as kids were obviously "clicking" that whatever you start with in your
art is part of the overall scheme...they were really giving careful
thought to what colors to add next, what patterns, balance, scale,
contrast, center of interest. It seemed so intuitive for them. I was
even thinkng that perhaps their parents would notice a change in some of
them regarding color/texture/pattern selections that they would choose
when getting dressed in the morning, lol. Please let me see what you
did with this if you do the project, Ken. I know it will be off the

Linda Woods