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Collage Your Name Project

Collage projects for kids can start with old magazines, crayons and a little watercolor. For a little art history, you can also connect this to artist Romare Bearden.

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Romare Beardon, an African-American artist and writer, is renowned for his experimental collages, a technique he began to experiment with in 1950s. Some students in California learn more about Mr. Beardon in the fourth grade, so this makes an excellent supporting collage project.

For a great follow up project, see my Romare Beardon Mural template in my PDF Shop.

MATERIALS

  • Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″
  • Old magazines for the collage
  • Glue stick
  • Texture rubbing plates or plastic embroidery mesh from craft store
  • Crayons
  • Watercolor paint
  • Large strips of white paper, cut to 24″ x 6″ strips

DIRECTIONS

SESSION ONE
PREP: Cut drawing paper into rectangles measuring 4.5″ x 6″. You need enough to furnish each student with one rectangle for each letter in their name. 

  1. Students find pictures in old magazines depicting things that they like such as favorite foods, colors, animals, etc. TIP: When the magazine is torn vertically, it can produce fairly even strips. They trim the lengths into pieces to form the letters of their names. Each strip is glued to the drawing paper with a glue stick being careful to leave no raised edges.
  2. Students use peeled crayons and a textured surface to make crayon rubbings around the letters, each with a different color.

SESSION TWO

  1. Students use watercolors to paint a different color around each letter. These paintings dry pretty quickly but dabbing with a paper towel can speed things up.
  2. Once dry, the students will use small peeled crayons to rub around the edges of each page using a different color for each. Note the last letter in the small diagram, and how the edges are made darker with this second crayon rubbing.
  3. Students students will need pieces of white paper cut 24″x 6″ on which to mount their rectangles. Each is glued to the white paper using a glue stick, working from left to right. Add paper for longer names and trim off any excess. Press under a stack of books to flatten. When complete, the names can be hung on a wall or made to stand with a “Z” fold as pictured.

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