This is a great back to school art project because you could have students illustrate their favourite event/activity from summer vacation. This project is inspired by the story quilts created by American artist Faith Ringgold.
I have posted previously about this lesson- check HERE for all the instructions and background info.
Lesson plan this is loosely based on HERE.
I have a template I made on 11 x 17" photocopy paper. I've updated it to include a thin border where the kids write their sentence describing the event.
In the center of the paper, students illustrate a favourite memory. Of course, you could make it more specific (summer vacation, family event, etc.) but I always make it general.
I have them colour it in using coloured pencils and they can also outline everything in ultra fine sharpie.
I have pre-cut cardboard squares that students use as a template. They fit the border around the illustration. They use these to trace onto magazine pages. Look for interesting colours or textures and patterns.
Some students choose a theme of colours or images.
Glue them around the border using a glue stick.
Once glued, you can trim off any rough overhanging edges with scissors.
Finally, add faux stitch marks using a black fine sharpie.
Grade 4, 5 and 6 artworks. I mount them onto construction paper for a nice border and added weight.