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Layers and Layers - The Creative Pull of Collage

"My Creature""My Creature"Most of the artists in Evergreen's art studio walk (dance/march/pirouette/boogie) into art class with an idea in their heads. I can see it behind their eyes some days - a kind of quiet focus that bespeaks of the pictures and planning that is going on in their heads. Some children trumpet their intentions, "Hey, Ms. J.! This was the third shot - getting the smile just right can be tricky.This was the third shot - getting the smile just right can be tricky.I'm gonna make a rainbow rocket today!" Others are less certain, or, because they come later in the choosing rotation that day, prefer to decide when they see what materials are available in the studio where they find themselves.

Collage offers an interesting view of a child artist's planning. Children walk around the table, sampling papers from the bins that are available. At the moment we have tubs of varied size with tissue paper, "beautiful papers" (recycled from the paint or print centers, these are brightly coloredNo, it's not a tornado.  It's collage after receiving a packet of vintage pet pictures.No, it's not a tornado. It's collage after receiving a packet of vintage pet pictures. - think Eric Carle) a stacked plastic chest of paper drawers, separated by color families, a selection of small paper bags, rolls of wall paper and brightly colored cellophane, some greeting cards (I have them up high because they seem to kill creativity rather than encouraging it...) and one box of special paper - mylar balloon scraps, sparkly paper, fancy greeting paper and paper doilies. There is a tall bin of odd-sized cast off mat scraps from a local art gallery's framing business. Sometimes I have magazines andFour eyes and sharp canines - can you tell what season it was?Four eyes and sharp canines - can you tell what season it was? sometimes they are intentionally scarce. I want my students to balance the tendency to do simple collections ("Look! 35 cars!) with other aspects of color, layout, and balance in collage work.

When magazines are placed in the studio I control fairly tightly - National Geographic, nature magazines, sailing, sports, cars, Smithsonian and always, always "looked" first to cull images that are overtly salacious or that show too honestly the reality of war.Many bent heads = many clever ideas.Many bent heads = many clever ideas. Scissors? Yep. Straight, fancy edges, "Mom scissors," (I keep large craft scissors sharpened to serious edges and do LOTS of prep in their safe use) and multiples of kid scissors. For second grade and up, we have a couple of crimpers, too. I've gone through lots of How To Manage Glue Without Going InsaneThis artist worked a long time to get the colors just right.This artist worked a long time to get the colors just right. periods, and have hit on an idea I gleaned from a helpful colleague on the TAB Yahoo list. Glue pots are nothing fancier than cheap sponges cut to fit inside plastic containers with lids. I thin white school glue just a little and turn the kids loose with them. We've loved the result - far less mess, glue pot lids are finding their way closed during clean up and they stack neatly.I suspect self portraits on some of these but will never say a thing...I suspect self portraits on some of these but will never say a thing...

Back to our wandering artists... Children usually only take one turn through the materials before selecting a project and getting to work. Collage, more than any other medium, lends itself to arranging and rearranging elements before gluing things together. I'm intrigued with the variety of expression and simply love the peculiar personalities of some of the puppets that are born in this studio. A little bit of paper, a little bit of creativity, and a few brads - ta DA!A little bit of paper, a little bit of creativity, and a few brads - ta DA!Sometimes masking tape is the medium of choice.Sometimes masking tape is the medium of choice.A classic tissue flower collage.A classic tissue flower collage.

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