Animals collage

This project came with a lot of excitement for the kids at the Kalamaiki art class! The hard part was to chose witch animals to make ūüôā I made a Cat and the Owl as collage examples for the class, and to explain the potential uses of the collage technic.

I used some old magazines to tear apart and glue on the paper. I told them to group the magazine pages by colors and then chose the main color for their animal. After they finished gluing the pieces of magazine the animal background was ready. Meanwhile they drew the eyes and the nose on a separate paper then painted and glued them to the collage background. The mouth, whiskers and some shades are added as final touches.

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Christmas Collage

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It is that time of the year that we pile a lot of paper advertising all the christmas supplies that we can imagine, and more. Well, this year instead of throwing everything in the recycle bin I decided to do something out of it. I decided to make some collages and here is the result. Not bad, I think …¬†I was surprised, since this is not something that I usually do.

First I selected the images that I liked the most from all magazines, catalogs, flyers, etc. cut them and grouped them in different categories, like colors, shapes, styles, etc. As I stared to do that ideas popped in to my mind, a piece of paper here a piece of paper there  and when I realized a composition was done. Sort of!

Once I had all my images pre-mounted in a paper with the right dimensions and in a place that satisfied me I had to make the background.

I used acrylic paint and painted the background in a different paper. With the background ready and dried I just had to transfer my composition piece by piece and glued them with glue stick on top of the background.

Happy Holidays!


Mermaid Collage for Kids

Collage became part of modern art in the begining of ¬†the 20th century.¬†The word “collage” derives from the french word “colle” that means glue.
Essentially collage is art made with bits of colored paper, newspaper, photos, old artwork and other objects glued to a canvas or paper.

The above the pictures show the kids coloring, cutting, and assembling different forms using old white pages.

First they colored the old white pages with different watercolor colors. Then, when dried they cut the paper in the  desire shape and glued it on a paper previously colored with an ocean blue. This is the final result.