Introduction: Collage Creatures
Last Spring in ART class my 1st graders made these collage animals...It was loads of fun and a HUGE success!
Step 1: Supplies
Tempera paint, assorted colors, including black and white
cardboard for backing, depending on the size I used 11" X 14"
brushes, both soft and bristle
Template for facial features
gloss medium ot tempra varnish
Step 2: Pass Around Paintings
To Begin the project and have enough paper to use for their collages, I set up the classroom that each student had a cup of different color paint, a brush, and a piece of paper.
The children began to paint using their color, I timed them for two minutes and announced Pass the Painting...they would pass it to the next person who would paint for two minutes in their color, and so on an so forth until the entire piece of paper was covered with paint.
Step 3: Tear and Glue
When the paintings were dry they were torn into strips approx. 1 1/2" wide. Elmers glue was brushed on the back side of the paper strips and glued in a radiating pattern. starting in the the center of the cardboard backing. Strips were fit into place and even torn to cover all the spaces on the cardboard.
Step 4: Templates for Facial Features
Each student used the eye template and then chose their animals other features, The eagle got a beak, the cat a small nose and the dog a larger nose.
Step 5: Creating the Eyes
First the template was traced twice on white paper. Next a large circle was drawn inside to create the eyeball. The corners were colored in with black sharpie.
Next a smaller circle was drawn inside to make a pupil. They each drew a small 8 shape to add the highlights in the eye. The pupil was then colored in solid using the black sharpie.
Three cray-pas of the same color field were chosen to color the iris. Dark, Medium and light.
The darkest tone was used around the outside edce of the iris, next the medium, then the lightest.
Step 6: Eagles Beak
I demonstrated with an eagles beak. First I traced the beak template and added nostrils using the black sharpie.
Two colors of cray-pas were chosen to color the beak. Same as the eyes, the darkest shade was used around the outside edges. Next the lighter shade was blended in.
Step 7: Other Eyes and Noses
Different selections of cray-pas were chosen to create blue, green or hazel eyes. Dog eyes have the same rounded shape pupil while cat eyes were created with an elongated sliver.
The Dog and Cat noses were colored as the beak, however, with appropriate colors.
Step 8: Shiny Eyes
Next , gloss medium (or tempera varnish) was painted over the eyes and beak to produce a "wet look" which makes the eyes look alive.
When dry the facial features were cut out and glued in place.
Step 9: Finishing Touches
Using black, white and shades of grey tempera, feathers or fur were painted on the faces of the animals to create the finishing touches on their faces. We used old worn out brushes to create a feathery or whiskery effect.
Step 10: Finished Piece
Participated in the
Art Skills Challenge