Making magazine collagesI had been wanting to do this activity for some time, and the perfect opportunity presented itself the other morning. I was opening one of the preschool rooms and found myself with only two students. Both boys are very energetic and prefer activities involving movement and super heroes to activities involving chairs and sitting in them. I was hoping that this activity would be engaging to them, and I was pleasantly surprised because both boys did great work for a solid 20 minutes!
For this activity, I set out these materials for each child: a sheet of paper, wildlife magazines, scissors, glue stick
I loved this activity for lots of reasons. It's a chance to look at great photography and talk about animals with kids, and a nice opportunity to talk about re-using materials before we put them in the recycling bin. It also gave me a good idea of their skill in using scissors, without me having to talk them into sitting down and cutting out a circle (kind of like how moms hide vegetables in brownie mix, I guess...).
The next time I do this activity, I would like to work with some older students and make more materials available so that they can be more creative in their collage-making. Hmmm... and THAT reminds me of a pinterest button I saw recently about re-using cardboard boxes to make art panels. The finished pieces were hung in the Young Artist's Gallery, and I posted a short narrative to accompany the art.
|This artist also did some impressive precision cutting that's not seen here.|
|Do you see the turtle that is hiding?|
If you don't have any magazines with this type of photography lying around, try keeping an eye out at garage and library sales - I can usually find magazines at both for very cheap. This activity can be adapted by adding a variety of different collage materials and challenging older artists to cut the animals out more precisely. Then just sit back, and watch the masterpieces being created!