Students will learn about the mediums of collage, collagraph printmaking, and observational drawing. Students will practice speaking and writing about their artwork.
Materials and Tools
- Ebony pencils
- Oil pastels
- Drawing paper
- Colored paper
- Colored card stock
- Glue brushes
- Block printing ink
In this unit, students will explore cutting, tearing, and arranging paper to make collages. They will learn that rolling ink onto a collaged surface and pressing it against paper can transfer a collage image to make a collagraph print.
Overview of Goals
- Students will be able to experiment with cutting, tearing, and arranging paper.
- Students will learn that the art technique of cutting and gluing paper is called collage.
- Students will be able to create a collage that demonstrates manipulation of cut shapes to represent an imaginary subject.
- Students will be able to observe and combine shapes to represent a subject.
- Students will be able to roll ink onto a collaged surface with a brayer and transfer it to paper to make a print.
- Students will be able to write narratives about their imaginary animals or insects.
Through an exploration of art materials and techniques, students will:
- Exercise imagination, construct meaning, and depict their experiences.
- Use basic art tools and gain knowledge of media and compositional elements.
- Hone observational skills and discuss works of art.
- Develop visual arts vocabulary to describe art making, the tools and techniques used to produce art, and the elements and principles of design.
- Read and write about art to reinforce literacy skills.
- Interpret artwork by providing evidence to support assertions.
- Reflect on the process of making art.
- Explore cutting, tearing, and gluing geometric shapes to make collages and prints.
- Explore combining drawn shapes to create larger forms, such as animals and insects.
- Print imaginary animals and insects using collagraph technique.
- Integrate collage elements to create individual prints and collaborative printed murals.
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
For Multilingual Learners
- Use of home language
- Pre-teaching vocabulary
- Visual resources
- Varied questions
- Sentence starters
- Multi-modality tasks
- Collaborative tasks
- Total physical response (TPR)
- Language Experience Approach (LEA)
Written by Traci Talasco and Florence Gidez, Artist Instructors
Studio in a School NYC Team
Belinda Blum, Artist Instructor
Andrea Burgay, Associate Director
Julie Applebaum, Senior Director
Hasna Muhammad, Ed.D., Chair, Board of Directors, Studio in a School Association
Alison Scott-Williams, President, Studio in a School NYC
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