How toCollage Basics For The Classroom
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What you’ll need
Scissors
Personal Drawings
Fabric Scraps
Sturdy Background Paper
Magazines And Newspapers
All Kinds Of Interest-ing Papers
Glue Stick
Collage is simply gluing various materials on to a background paper.
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The background paper for a collage is called the ”format”. Choose something sturdy!
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With every art project it’s important to get to know your tools. With collage, the tool is scissors!
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The round hole in the scissors is the thumb hole. Remember: thumbs up when cutting!
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When carrying scissors, or handing them to a friend, hold blades with a closed fist, pointed down.
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To get started, draw a circle on scrap paper to practice cutting. Start near an edge to save paper.
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First cut away extra paper to make it easier to hold and cut the shape you want.
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Practice turning the paper while your scissors stay still and cut!
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Now gather more materials. Choose colors, textures, patterns and pictures that inspire you!
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Practice cutting out other shapes. With photos, try cutting out parts instead of the whole thing!
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Sometimes the shape left behind after cutting, called the ”negative shape”, can be interesting.
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You can even use parts of your own drawings and combine in unusual ways!
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Before gluing, just experiment: try different papers together, move things around, see what works!
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Begin gluing background pieces first. Apply glue to back of paper, getting all edges and middle.
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Place glue-side down on format. Gently press all around from the middle out to the edges.
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Glue down the next layer. Here the blue truck shape helps find the best placement for the birds.
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Continue to glue down pieces one by one. Attention to each piece makes for good craftsmanship!
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You may find some collage materials that are see-through and fun to layer.
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Before you finish, check if you have any loose corners or floppy edges. Add some glue to re-attach.
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Nice work!
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