Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Feature: Caroline and John's artwork

How fun it's been to have an art assignment each week this summer with the kids! I've enjoyed the projects we've done so far, and the collage turned out to be even better than I thought.

This week's assignment was Collage: Colorful! My intent was to cut out pictures from magazines and paste them onto posterboard to make a collage which elicited a response of "that's so colorful!" In fact, that exactly how I explained it to the kids.

This one took a little bit of preparation - the only magazine we get is the West Point magazine for graduates, and there isn't a whole lot of "colorful" going on in the glossies of that publication. So I sent out an email a few weeks ago to a few friends at work, and BOOM - jackpot. A couple of my coworkers subscribe to the perfect magazines for this assignment: People, All You, O, Real Simple... throw several clothing catalogues in, and we had everything we needed.

Magazines - check.
Poster board - check.
Scissors - check.
Glue sticks - check.

Before we sat down to cut out pictures, though, I figured it was worth making this at least a rudimentary lesson. Out came the dictionary to explain what, precisely, a collage is. (Using the dictionary, on the other hand, is an ongoing lesson...)

It took a couple of days to get everything done, working on it in the time we had in between doing super fun things with Gramma and Papa. I think, though, that the finished products are excellent. There is no doubt that these are eye popping colorful collages.


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