After teaching the same kindergarten collage unit for a few years, I decided to tweak a few things…
1. Black & White Composition: I read the first few pages of the book Matisse’s Garden and discussed a few different things that inspire artists. I explained what a collage is and taught students how to rip paper into smaller pieces and attach it to a background paper using dots of glue. Then students created their own collage inspired by a person, place or animal.
2. Primary Colors: This year, for my primary color collage lesson, I used the post Primary Color Mixed-Media Exploration as inspiration. First, I read a little more of Matisse’s Garden and showed the video Three Primary Colors, by OK Go. After identifying the primary colors, students experimented with different types of red, yellow and blue paper, tape, crayons and colored pencils to create an image.
3. Secondary Colors: For the third lesson, I read the book Little Blue and Little Yellow and taught students about all of the different painting materials–paint, water cups, brushes, sponges and mixing trays. Then, students worked with a partner to mix the three secondary colors and paint them on a piece of white paper. The next day, I read the book Henri’s Scissors and taught students how to use scissors. I cut up the painted paper they had made and students used it, along with red, yellow and blue construction paper to make a collage of their choice.