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Collage 2 w/Positive and Negative Shapes

Basic Collage with Positive and Negative Shapes

I do this project with my first graders every year to help them understand the concept of positive and negative shapes.  This project also teaches symmetry and offers important practice in cutting on a fold and applying glue.  First graders are often surprised by the shapes they see when they unfold their papers – they […]

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Nature Collage Card – Inspired by the Art of Haiti

You can learn a lot about a culture from its art work!  On my recent trip to Haiti, I learned that the Haitian people are both resilient and resourceful.  Their resourcefulness is easily seen in their artwork, especially these collaged note cards that they make and sell, using local organic materials to create simple scenes […]

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“3D” Flower Collage

My 2nd graders used these whimsical flowers for their Mother’s Day cards this year, but you could also make a colorful garden picture while teaching the concepts of symmetry and layering. Attaching the blossoms with layers of double stick foam tape gives a fun 3D effect that unfortunately doesn’t show up well in this picture! […]

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Happy Easter – “Stained Glass” Cross

This is a project I do every year with my Kinders for Easter. It requires a bit more prep than usual, but it’s a great way to reinforce the concept of symmetry…. plus they look beautiful hanging in the windows! 1. Fold a piece of 12×18 black construction paper in half vertically (lengthwise).2. Make a […]

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Matisse-Inspired Collage

When Matisse was elderly and too weak to stand at his easel, he began making collages with cut paper, which he called “drawing with scissors”. Henri Matisse, a French artist (1869-1953) known for his originality and strong use of color, was one of the most important artists of the 20th century and a leader in […]

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Name Aliens

“Name Alien” by Robert Here’s a fun symmetry project that I adapted from another really old book, “Paper Designs” by Jerome C. Brown. It’s out of print, but can still be found through used book sellers. When students are comfortable with writing their names in cursive, they are ready for this project…. I do this […]

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Positive/Negative Space Collage #2

This project is similar to the last one I posted, but this one has a mirror image that works vertically as well as horizontally. It’s really not that much more difficult, especially if you’ve already done the first one, but it’s definitely impressive! (Both are adapted from the book Wild & Wonderful Art Lessons by […]

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