I've recently posted about collage- first with my Kinders' scribble stage attempts, and then some of my first grader's examples. Here are some collage work by my 2nd and 3rd grade students. There is a big jump in ability between 1st grade and 2nd grade. With only one year difference, the artwork seems more organized. It's more likely the artist has an idea of what they want to communicate. 2nd grade is also when I start having my students write artist statements so it was nice to read the story behind some of these!
|This was a story about a deer running through a house and getting items stuck in his antlers.|
|I was so glad to see this student starting to develop a background instead of just sticking down random cats. Those darn cats are popular!|
Choice-based art has given this student the opportunity to work with collage more than she would have with our traditional curriculum. She's figured out a unique style and I love seeing what she comes up with. Her collages always seem like they could be an illustration to a story. She even wrote a sentence inside the folded book near the girl's bed. There's another bed in the collage below and a similar geometric shape animal, only this time it was a cat.
A few students have yet to try collage so I've been doing more mini lessons focusing on collage techniques to entice them. Even with choice, students are expected to try out each big medium (painting, drawing, collage, weaving, clay, and hopefully sculpture) before the end of the year. That used to be a concern of mine before I switched but it's not too hard to keep track! :)