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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Landscape Magazine Collage


My Grade 9's recently finished their landscape collages. I wanted a landscape lesson that wasn't drawing-based and I also wanted to use up a bunch of old magazines and scraps of coloured construction paper, so this project was the perfect solution. It uses minimal materials to get quite lovely results.

Students were required to create a landscape that incorporated a background, middle ground and foreground.  For the paper, they had to use a combination of ripped and cut (with scissors) paper to create contrasting shapes and a variety of textures.

For inspiration, you could show students the work of California collage artist Eileen Downes.

They started by sketching out a plan for their landscape- a simple pencil drawing- and labeling what colours would go where. (see below)  They could re-create any type of landscape they wished (seascape, cityscape, landscape, etc). We used heavy-ish white paper, about 12 x 18 inches.


Then they looked through the magazines and ripped/cut/collected the necessary colours.
They started gluing, with watered down white glue and a paintbrush, from the sky (background) and worked their way down to the bottom.


I gave them manila envelopes to store all their pieces between classes. 
This project was quite time-consuming and took about 5-7 classes to complete. If you want to spend less time on these, use smaller paper- like 9 x 12". For my really slow-paced students, I accomodated them by giving them smaller paper to work with; it helped alot.
Once dry, students can protect them with a coat of water-based varnish (ie: modge podge, etc).


Ta da!



This is based on Claude Monet's painting "The Cliff' at Etretat"






The yellow brick road leading to Oz!

 









10 comments:

Janie B said...

These are fantastic! Great landscapes.

Mary said...

Every single one of these are just plain gorgeous! Wonderful job!

Phyl said...

Fabulous!! They remind me of David Hockney. Did your students look at Hockney's work at all for inspiration?

Miss said...

Thanks all!
Phyl: no, we didn't look at any artists for inspiration, but now that you mention it, a couple of these do indeed resemble Hockney's photomontage work!

Nancie Kay said...

Wonderful work - wonder if I could adapt to younger kids...

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

Beautiful landscapes.
Interesting compositions.

Miss said...

Nancie- you could definitely do this with younger kids- just use smaller paper (8x10") and maybe give them coloured construction paper to use for the colours, as it took my kids a long time to find and build up a supply of the colours they needed- esp. the popular ones like blue and green.

alanay said...

yine harika çalışmalara imza atmışsınız siz ve öğrencileriniz.tebrikler...

Miss said...

Alanay- thank you! teşekkür ederim

The Art Fairy said...

Another amazing lesson. Where were you when I was in high school art?

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