This fun collage for kids project teaches them about La Boca, a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It’s also a good lesson about Texture, one of the seven Elements of Art.
La Boca is a popular tourist destination because of its very colorful homes. Turn out that years ago, shipyard workers used left over metal and paint to create homes. There was never quite enough for an entire house, hence the amazing patchwork neighborhoods.
• Card stock paper
• Glue stick
1. I discovered these really cool Fiskar paper crimpers at JoAnn Fabrics, and brought several to class. Older students can try to roll the paper themselves, and younger ones can watch a demonstration to see how they work. I started with giving each student a white background paper, and then lots of crimped paper to experiment with.
2. Students cut large rectangles and matching roof shapes for their homes/ and distribute white glue for attaching them to the white paper. The buildings should all be sitting side by side. Rotating the texture adds interest to their collage.
3. Finally, flat paper may be drawn on with a marker to create windows and doors. These shapes are cut out and glued to the buildings.
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