The other day I heard from a teacher from the Year 5 Rowan Class at Beecroft Garden Primary school in London, where the class studied my collages and then went ahead and made their own collages.
The students are 9-10 years old, and they really did an amazing job at tackling the collage medium.
The class was also studying the “Men of the Docks” by George Bellows in a project with the National Gallery in London. The children spotted the 1912 New York skyline in the background of the picture and went from there with creating their compositions.
Above you can see that some of the children used mixed materials.
They used a great mix of textured magazine strips as well as solid colors.
It was wonderful hearing from another classroom. It always makes my day when teachers send student artwork that was inspired by my technique. I hope to continue to find ways to help bring collage into the classroom.
Year 3, from Collingtree CEVA Primary School in England, tweeted to me the other day with an image of one of their student’s wolf collages. The class had studied my artwork and then made their own collages.
They sent me quite a few images of student collages, so I decided to share a few that illustrated the type of work the class made.
It was a lot of fun seeing how these young artists used solid colors to piece together their works of art. I hope they keep on creating!
Lauren, a teacher at a high school in Pennsylvania, shared some of her students’ work with me. Her 9th grade students in an introductory art course created collages inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s flowers and skulls, and my collage work and technique.
The students focused on color and separated their subjects and background by warm and cool colors.
It was wonderful getting a chance to look through their colorful compositions.
You can see that some of the students used more rectangular strips of paper for their compositions, which is similar to a lot of the shapes I use for backgrounds or more minimalist pieces I’ve made in the past.
Other students incorporated bits of texture and patterns in the magazine strips they used, as you can see above.
While others had more of a balance of solid colors and textures in the paper they used.
Yet again, I enjoyed seeing more student art. Keep up the great work!
Kristin’s students from Columbia Academy in Columbia, Maryland made their own collages after studying my work. The students are 7th and 8th graders, and it was wonderful seeing their painting with paper works of art!
Several of the students had a great way of incorporating text into their collages, like this owl collage.
While others focused on using different textures along with a few solid colors.
I liked how this particular piece made use of type along with the composition of a cardinal.
Overall, I was really impressed with Kristin’s class. As always, it brightens my day when I have a chance to see student work inspired by my art.
And to all the other student artists out there – keep up the great work! I am always impressed by what you are creating!
Kim’s 8th grade class from Durham, New Hampshire, recently created their own collages. It was great getting to see what they came up with while using my “painting with paper” technique.
Their work is pretty impressive. Back when I was in 8th grade, I remember the collages I used to make were more like what you traditionally think of when you think of collage. So seeing what these students made, while only using paper for the shadows and highlights for each composition, was wonderful.
I enjoyed seeing how each student used a mixture of solid colors and textures.
Some pieces, like the one above, used a lot of variation in the shapes cut from the paper.
While other student artwork, like the two pieces above, had more rectangular magazine strips.
It was absolutely wonderful seeing images of what the students made. I hope these young artists continue to make art.
Erica’s Grade 3 class from Japan made their own animal collages after using one of my online collage lesson plans. It was wonderful getting to see images of their work – I like how several of the students incorporated magazine cutouts that had bits and pieces of text.
I always enjoy hearing from students and teachers who study my work in school, and I enjoy it even more when I get to see what the students have made. It’s a lot of fun seeing how each artist has their own unique style and adds their own bit of personality to their art.
I hope these students continue to make artwork. Their work is already very impressive, just imagine what they could accomplish in a few years!
Marcie, a teacher from Barbe High in Lake Charles, Louisiana, recently contacted me about her class that completed a collage project. She sent along these impressive images of the student artwork, which were completed by high school Art 1 students in grades 9 – 12.
The class looked at my animal collage art and also saw my time lapse videos of how I piece together my collages. Then they used magazines to create a paper collage wheel – which helped the students look at magazine pages for specific colors instead of fragments of photographs.
Next the students selected an animal to focus on for their project. They researched the animal and created posters that included facts on the animals as well as a drawing of the animal in color.
A local interior designer donated old wallpaper books to the class, and Marcie also added scrapbook paper to the materials the students worked with.
Students sketched their animals on black poster board with white charcoal. They used liquid glue to complete the background first so that their animals would sit on top of the background paper.
It was exciting to see each colorful and expressive work of art that was created by this class. I think the class could easily put together illustrations for their own children’s book.
It really is wonderful seeing the work of budding artists. My favorite part of being an artist is seeing how I can inspire or teach other artists. And it was truly wonderful to see the work that the students in Marcie’s class came up with. Hopefully this project will inspire the class to make even more collages in the future.
A class of six graders from Canada studied endangered animals, selected an animal to write a story about, and then created collages of the animals after taking a look at my artwork. Their 12″x18″ collages are for sale online at Kids Art for a Cause, where the proceeds from their sales will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
It was great getting to see what these students made and that all proceeds are going to a good cause.