I am so thrilled with the results of student work with collage in grades 2 and 3! The first group of collages were made by Mrs. Fishbaugh's students back in April (See May 2 post: Still Life and Landscape Art.)
For the first step of the project for Mrs. Fishbaugh's class, students used blue and white tempera to paint a blue sky background and green and yellow to paint another paper to use for the ground. I encouraged students while they painted the sky and ground pieces to mix the paint directly on the paper with a broad brush to get the textural effect seen on the above student art work.
Student volunteers came in at lunch to paint smaller papers in a variety of colors for everyone to share to make the collage details. Below are examples of painted colors from the above art work. The third oval from the left was an interesting and exciting discovery students made while they painted these papers: two students began exploring pressing their paintings together which resulted in a lovely layered effect of color and texture. The atmosphere in the art room becomes very exciting when students begin to make these kinds of discoveries on their own. This atmosphere of discovery is contagious . . . other students become inspired also to experiment and explore--what students discover on their own is much more powerful than any lesson I could teach!
For most of the month of May, the other three third grade classes finally had their turn to create landscape collages. Mr. Moy and Ms. Papciak's classes worked with black and white to make their sky and ground pieces and made their collage art thinking about space and planets--real or imaginary! If you ever wondered what Sugar Rush Planet might look like, take a look at the two art works below.
Ms. Smith's class began their landscapes using turquoise, white and yellow tempera paint to make their sky and land pieces:
Ms. Julin's second grade class were studying animals in class, so I asked them to think about animals in a landscape to create their collages: