Collage Instructions

Using the above web sites introduce students to the concept of collage. Technically, a collage is a combination of photos, paper, fabric, rubber stamps, magazine paper, etc. arranged on a background. In this case students will be constructing their collages on an 8.5 x 11 paper. Remind them to leave a 1" margin on the left side so that when they bind the books the binding doesn't interfere with the finished collage.

For this collage project, students will collect images, either realistic or abstract to create a collage with the theme of Earth Dynamics and some of what is embedded in that big idea. Encourage students to seek sources for their collages from magazines, interesting papers, scraps of fabric, WORDS, printing stamps, stickers, stenciled letters, free hand drawings or quotes, odds and ends of various sorts.

Please complete a collage yourself and use as an example for students. You will learn a lot about collage as you produce a collage.

I like shapes to be cut out, trimmed, and fit together or overlayed. A collage should not have any white from the paper showing through from behind the pasted images.

The theme of the collage is Earth Dynamics. This piece will become the front cover of their book, and should include the book title and author name. The title and author name can be superimposed, in black ink or other, on the collage.
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