Inspired by Valentine’s Day , I pulled out my file on Jim Dine and created this multi-step collage project for my second graders.
I used a station-method of attack with this lesson. I set up a different art lesson/technique at each table: oil pastel resist with watercolor, metallic paint, sparkles and glitter, and tissue paper collage. Lots of movement and activity, but worth the effort!
To begin, a child finds a seat and writes his name on the piece of 12″ x 15″ white paper set at the table. This paper then becomes his tray. He will use this tray to carry around the different hearts he will soon make, then the tray will become the background paper in the next step.
For the stations, you’ll need:
3 hearts cut out of regular white construction paper
1 heart cut out form watercolor paper. Note: I used cardboard heart templates set in a tray at each table and had the kids trace and cut their own hearts, but precut hearts saves time.
1 sheet white construction paper (12′ x 15″) for the tray
Station #1: Watercolor Resist
1 tray of liquid water colors (red, purple, blue, etc)
2 water containers and brushes for 5
Tray of oil pastels
At this table, the children use their watercolor paper heart and color it with oil pastels. I encourage them to make patterns, flowers, hearts, circles, etc. Then they wash watercolor paint over the heart.
Have the kids place their finished watercolor heart on their “tray” and move to the next station.
Station #2: Tissue Paper Collage
Using scraps of tissue paper, kids brush on either liquid starch or Mod Podge (watered down) on their paper heart to moisten. Then add layers of tissue paper, brushing each one flat.
Tip: It’s fun for the teacher or an adult to carry around a jar of glitter. As the kids finish, a sprinkling of glitter can be added to the wet heart. So pretty!
Station #3: Metallic Mess
Set out a tray of regular tempera paint in white, red, lime green and yellow. In another tray, set out metallic tempera paint in gold, silver or bronze.
Show the kids how they can mix the metallic paint with the regular paint, swirling and blending, splattering or dabbing.
Station #4: Paint and Sequins
Set out a tray of tempera paint and trays of buttons, sequins, etc. Anything you have around the art room would work for this random collage. Let the kid’s personal expression come through, with no specific direction. Let them create.
For me, this marked the end of part I…I know, what a mess!
Using the white paper “tray” from the last class, have the kids stack their now dry hearts into a pile and set aside. Painting the paper is fun and can be done in many ways. I set out texture rollers and trays of lime green and pink paint. The kids rolled their favorite color on the paper, making sure to roll all the way to the edges.
Next, I set small tubs of red and purple paint on the table. Using small brushes, I have the kids make small jelly bean shaped dots, hearts, swirls or anything they want on the background.
Glue the paper hearts to the patterned white paper. Ahhh! It’s done and by now, the kids are covered in paint but mighty proud.
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