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Harvard Park Elementary School

2501 South 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

MAGAZINE / NEWSPAPER COLLAGE (All Grades / Regular, Special Education, & Special Needs

May 4, 2020

With parent Permission, students may cut images to create a collage. Students will need piece of paper or cardboard to glue newspaper and magazine cutouts, plus student will need scissors and glue  (liquid or stick - however, if you put glaze layer on top you will use the liquid glue, and you will need a throw away cup using an old paint brush or a paper towel).  If you do not have glue at home, you may use tape for this project.  If students are using magazines only, then they may also with to do a top glaze over entire project of a little glue mixed with more water - if they do the top coat they will need a throw away plastic or paper cup and an old / or cheaper plastic paint brush).  ADDITIONAL NOTE; IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SCISSORS OR GLUE, YOU MAY STILL TEAR OUT THE IMAGES AND ARRANGE INTO A COLLAGE - TAKE A PHOTO WITH YOUR CELL PHONE IF YOU WISH TO KEEP THE IMAGE OF YOUR COLLAGE

Your Art Teacher - Mrs. Borjon, also recommends students scroll down in this middle articles section to also read: "How To Use Scissors," and "Scissor Safety." 

Note for Special Education / Special Needs: Please feel free to have your students simple tear out the pictures if they prefer not to use scissors or if you do not have scissors. The student may not have a theme or title as they pick out pictures - that is fine, simply see which pictures in magazine their eye goes to, or if they point out a picture they like. They may glue down on art where ever they wish. Cool if it becomes more of a raised relief; art doesn't have to stay flat. They may prefer stick glue. It is fine if the collage becomes more abstract. Blind or Visually Impaired students may use textured fabrics instead to glue down, for a "Texture Collage" instead.  

Regular Education, Special Education, & Special Needs ~ THE COLLAGE PROJECT:

1)  You need to look through your magazines and newspapers and see if you start connecting to something, and ideas become swarming in to your head with a project idea. Like a narrative, you are going to tell / show a story in a collage of pictures. Once you have an idea of what you are going to create, give it a title (though your title may change as it your art develops). 

2)  You may begin to carefully cut out pictures from magazines and newspapers. 

3)  Then you may begin arranging your cutouts onto a paper or a piece of cardboard. Think about which images are the most important to show your story. Which images lead your eye into your art. Think about the balance on your art, is it spread out and spaced in a way that is plesing to the eye? 

4) Do you need a few more images to cut out of magazines / newspapers to finish the space on the paper? 

5) Then you may glue it down. You may glue near edges of images before turning over, or some glue i the middle. Do what works well for you. If you are heavy  with glue - you may wish to remember the saying, "A Dot Is Alot."  lol.

6) Once it is glued down, again look at your art. Does it say what you want? Do you need to rename your title? Do you need another piece from the magazine / newspaper? Are you finished with designing your collage? Any edges sticking up, that need a touch of glue underneath? Think about your craftsmanship. 

7) (Optional - works best over glossy magazine cutouts; newspaper cutout may smear ink.)  When you are finished creating your artwork, you may then get a throw away plastic or paper cup. Put a very thin layer of glue at bottoom of cup - about a teaspoon. The add about 1/4 cup of water to stir it all up together - it will be very watery. (You don't need to measure this with your good kitchen utensils - this is just to give you an idea of how much glue to water you will need).  I recommend before glazing, laying your art on top of wax paper or aluminum foil to keep your table clean. Then using this mixture of watery-glue, then using an old / or plastic bristled brush (as glue harder on the paint bristles) then you may paint a thin layer over entire collage. I reccomend starting at the top, and just like to your reading, paint back and forth, working your way down the art work.  (Note: if you do not have a paint brush, you may pour a little on top of collage and then smear all over the top with a paper towel; this may be a little messier on your hands though).  I then recommend you tear off another piece of wax paper or aluminum foil and transfer you collagae to a clean torn piece so edges of your colage not glued to your wax paper or aluminum foil. 

8) Yeaah! You finished the actual creating part of this project. You may do a fast happy dance, as you need to get cleaned up anything that got glue on it (harder to clean once glue is dry).  Clean paint brush with liquid hand soap by rubbing paint brush bristles in palm of your hand; clean really, really good. The squeeze out bristles, and put then back into original bush shape. Let paint brush dry, then put away. Project may take a day or more to dry (depending on how much glue you use.)

9) Lets talk and respond how YOU feel about your art. What was the coolest part? What was something you learned? What was your personal connection to the pieces you cut out for your art? 

10) Show your familly member your art. Ask them what they see; what connects them to your art when they view the art. (Remember when you are at a museum looking at art, you only see the title.  The viewer makes connections and has empathy for your art.  Lol, such fun!  Whatever they see in your art is ok!  No wrong answers, as long as manners are being used.  They are responding and making conncections.  What do you think your children, your grandchildren would say if they saw this art work in your scrapbook? What connections would they make? Such fun.   It is like in a museum, you see art that may be recent, but most done LONG time ago. It speaks of another time, but do you think it also relates to you now?  All of these art pieces in a museum or art hung on fridges, is many stories, or snapshots of time. Kind of like a COLLAGE OF TIME IN HISTORY. Your collage shows a time in history. You are part of your own art history.   :)