Tania K. Cowling is a former teacher, a published book author, and award winning freelance writer.
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Whether you have a special art teacher who visits your classroom or you conduct your own art projects, there are a number of creative collage projects you can try.
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I taught kindergarten at a private school, so art was part of my lesson planning. I chose to teach my kiddies how to make collages because it's a flexible, forgiving technique that appeals to children of all ages and abilities. Plus, this great, hands-on activity promotes artistic expression, which should be encouraged.
My class enjoyed making collages throughout the school year, so I set up several boxes and asked parents to bring in recycled materials from home. Obvious paper options include gift wrap, wallpaper, greeting cards, tissue paper, sandpaper, aluminum foil, magazines, and newspaper. But almost anything that's fairly flat and can be glued on a surface—bits of colorful plastic plates, foam from produce trays, bubble wrap, egg cartons, yarns, fabrics, etc.—will work. Encourage your little learners to be imaginative about what they use!
Focusing on a theme for the collage project will help your class get started. For instance, you may want to relate to your current curriculum when choosing a topic. Because children will have a good knowledge base to work from, ideas may come easily. But here are a few options to get you started:
Picture and primary storybooks are tremendous resources for examples of this type of art, and they can offer more inspiration to your little artists.
There's more than one way to make a collage. Check out these variations of the art style you can explore with your students.
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There's no reason not to experiment with any of these creative collage ideas for school! Just keep an assortment of materials in your art cart (including glue sticks and stronger adhesives, depending on your collage materials), and have your kiddos try out this art form (and read these books!) throughout the year.