Mixed Media Collage

Title:  Mixed Media Collage

Grade: 2

Art Discipline: Visual Arts

Time Frame:

50 Minutes

Lesson Overview: Students use various media to create a collage that incorporates the element of space and principles of repetition and variety.


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Arts Benchmark:   How the Arts are Organized – FA. 2.1.1: Use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media.

Rubric based on Arts Benchmark:

Advanced

Proficient

Partially Proficient

Novice

Consistently use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media.

Usually use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media.

Sometimes use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media.

Rarely use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media.

Key Arts Vocabulary: rhythm, variety, pattern, repetition; mixed media; collage; space (positive and negative)


Classroom Set Up: Regular class seating arrangement.

Materials & Equipment needed:

Various photographs or magazine images, oak tag 8x10 (one per student), assorted colored and tissue papers, scissors, glue, glue brush, oil pastels, drawing pencils

Suggested collage examples:

Prior to this lesson, students need to know the element of space and be familiar with principles of balance, symmetry and asymmetry, rhythm, patterns, and the elements of art.

Teaching Tips: For gluing tissue paper, dilute one part glue with one part water.

You may choose to break this up into two days, allowing glue to dry before students finish.


# Minutes

Procedure

Create

Perform

Respond

10

Today you will create your own collage that shows rhythm and use of positive and negative space. You will use a variety of media, or materials, and will glue them onto oak tag. We call this a mixed media collage.

Rhythm is one of the art principles used as a way of creating movement in artwork. This can be created through repetition of objects or elements. Rhythm can also be created through the use of variety in the elements or in objects in the art piece. The way objects are arranged is dealing with the element of space. The objects would be called positive space, and the background would be called negative space.  When creating artwork, artists always consider these elements – rhythm, repetition, variety,and how things are arranged in space.

Look at this example of collage. This is art created by gluing bits of paper, fabric, scraps, photographs, or other materials to a flat surface. Most of the elements glued down are "found" materials. "Collage" was originally a French word meaning "to paste." Where do you see rhythm through repetition? What is being repeated? How do the objects and the details flow or give the feeling of movement? Where do you see the positive and negative space?

   

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30

Begin by selecting some photographs from the various magazines that you think will be interesting to use in your collage. Think about expressing a message or feeling.  Plan how you will cut and lay out the photographs on your paper. When you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue the pieces down.  

Next cut out shapes of colored paper and tissue paper to add to your design.  Lay them out first, experimenting with various placements to see what looks best. When gluing tissue paper, use the diluted glue. Brush the glue onto the oak tag.  Lay tissue over and then use your brush to press the paper to the background Think about how you might create rhythm through repetition and variety by building layers.

(Teacher note: You may choose to do have the next part of the lesson on another day to allow the glue to dry.)

Using pencil and oil pastels, add a variety of drawn elements, such a lines, shapes, and color to your collage.  You might include a few words within the design of your piece that helps describe your work. 

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When you are finished, sign your name at the bottom right side of your artwork. Place your work in the “gallery space”, and then clean up your area. When you are done, gather around the work for our closing discussion.   check mark  

10

Closing Reflection with students:

Describe the media you used.

Describe how rhythm is used. Repetition? Variety? Space?

Does the artwork convey a message or feeling?

Was your collage successful in conveying your idea? Why or why not?

If you were to do this again, what could you do differently?

   

 


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Responding (Questions to ask students before, during, or after an activity in the lesson to elicit their thinking about their own work or about work they are studying):

Step 1: Describe

Step 2: Interpret

Step 3: Evaluate

Describe the media you used.

Describe how rhythm is used in this artwork. Repetition? Variety? Space?

Does the artwork convey a message or feeling?

Was your collage successful in conveying your idea? Why or why not?

If you were to do this again, what could you do differently?


 

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