Introduction: Cultural Collage
Project: Compose a collage that uses South or Central American pictures, news and words to illustrate and narrate a story about the culture you choose to portray.
After the students create a collage to illustrate and narrate a story of their chosen country he/she will be able to discuss and explain a culture comfortably.
Grade: High School
Subject: Spanish (Art could work too, if you replace the Spanish with English)
· Rubber Cement, glue, decoupage
· Pictures from the country
· Spanish Words
· News Papers
· Paint, pencils, markers
· Anything you might want to use in the collage
Step 1: Getting Started
o Research the Central and South American Culture
Step 2: Choosing a Topic
o Choose a country—The examples I provide are on Mexico and Guatemala
o Research their stories
o Pick the story you want your collage to narrate—The examples I provide for Mexico is Tooth Fairy and for Guatemala it isThe Legend of the Volcano
o Brain storm ideas on how you would like to tell your story
o Brain storm different compositional ideas
Step 3: Decisions
o Take a piece of paper or cardboard
o Decide what size you want your collage to be
o Cut the paper or card board to the size you want
Step 4: Choosing Collage Elements
o Start looking for images and words that you would like to use in your collage
o You can use a mixture of English and Spanish words, but you have to have Spanish words in there
o Since we are in the USA and we do not have images of those countries here, you can use images from the internet
Step 5: Activity
o Once you have collected a variety of images, words and different media for your collage start mapping it out on your chosen surface (paper/cardboard)
o Give it a couple of tries until you find the best and most comfortable composition to you
Step 6: Feedback and Final Product
o Once you think you have the composition that best fits you and your story come see me. So I can give you some feedback
o You are ready to glue
o Take a bottle of glue, decoupage or rubber cement
o Glue your composition down
Step 7: After Project
o Be ready to share your collage and your story with the class in Spanish
o You would be educating us on the culture and story you chose in Spanish
o You will fill out your rubric yourself and I will go over it and fill in what I think you deserve, so we would have two opinions.
We have a be nice policy.
Please be positive and constructive.