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Re: AEN: Eric Carle Collages


Date: Thu Feb 10 2005 - 20:16:45 PST

We used texture sheets and crayons with watercolor. I also had some
gold liquid watercolor. Matthew used a texture sheet and just kept
moving it around random ways. We also used sponges and sponge rollers
with watercolor. Some of them used some Sax Ultra plus tempera...great
colors. Mainly when I started running out of watercolors, we broke out
the tempera and watered it down. They had a blast painting the
textures. Most of them, anyway. I kept telling them to think about
what sheet they liked best for the background and make their other
sheets contrast with it. Pretty tall order for a second grader to keep
up with all of their sheets of paper, keep gathering them up in their
folders, stay organized, AND think about what colors they DON"T have yet
that will contrast with what they DO have painted so far, and paint
those. Each kid painted between 4 and 6 sheets of paper. I let them
share paper, too. We have a lot of paper left over. I'm glad about
that, though, as all of my classes use that paper for the next year from
the scrap box anytime we do collage. It makes all the other various
collage projects so much more interesting. Another wonderful way to
paint beautiful papers is to spray water on marker colored coffee
filters laying on a white sheet of paper to catch the drips. Spray it
pretty heavily and the colors bleed in incredible ways onto the sheet
behind the coffee filter. We use the coffee filter papers (in radial
designs) to make stained glass windows with black construction paper,
but we keep the paper that they bleed onto in that same scrap box with
the Eric Carle paper. They make gorgeous cut up paper in collages.
Glad you liked the Eric Carle knockoffs. I told the kids I thought he
would be jealous,haha. I thought they did a great job this year. I
loved Matthew D's, and did you see Sarah's in 2-2 Wow. Grace's is
amazing, too. It's a cat with three yellow birds sitting on it's back.
SO WONDERFUL! The whole project takes about a month. We looked at Eric
Carle books beforehand and talked about how many separate pieces he uses
to make each animal analyzed some of his patterns, and checked out what
the detail was in many of his images. He's incredible. Definitely my
fav. .

Linda Woods

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