Friday, February 1, 2013

Anatomy of a Collage | Elementary Collage Project

 I have always had trouble trying to explain the collage making process to kids.  Even after quickly making a collage for the kids, I still have those students who try to start with the main subject [which goes on top] before creating the background.  This comes from years of creating drawings beginning with the foreground and working to the background.  When I'm going to demonstrate a collage, I usually have a huge folder full of half collages, scrap paper, and examples, but I feel like I never have enough time to truly show the full collage making process.  Today I tried something new, and I think the kids really understood the back to front collage steps.
I started by creating a collage yesterday: 

As I made this collage, I made 2 of everything.  After I was finished, I recreated the collage layer by layer on clear sheets.

When my class came, I already had my layers of collage to put together.  It was so much faster and easier to explain how to layer and overlap, starting with the background.
 Here's where I show you my first gif ever haha:

  8GFwKQ on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

I think today went smoother than some of the other days, but I'm interested to see how this process goes with next week's classes [and compare the collages from students who didn't see this with students who did].

Happy collaging!

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