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After teaching the same kindergarten collage unit for a few years, I decided to tweak a few things…

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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.


Kindergarteners started the year with a few collage assignments…

1. Black & White Composition: I explained that a collage is a picture made out of paper and students looked at black and white abstract paintings by Franz Klein and Cecil Touchon. Then students learned how to rip paper into different sizes, compose their picture and glue down their shapes.

2. Primary Colors: We reviewed how to make a collage by ripping paper, composing an image, and gluing pieces together. We watched the video Three Primary Colors, by OK Go, and I showed students a few artworks that used only primary colors. Then students created their own pictures using primary colors. They got to choose if they wanted to work realistically or abstract.

3. Secondary Colors: On day three, we followed the same routine as day one and two. After watching Three Primary Colors again and  looking at artworks made with secondary colors, students created their own collage using secondary colors.



Kindergarteners started their collage unit today! They learned that a collage means ripping, gluing, and sticking paper together. I limited them to black and white on the first day. Their next collages will focus on: primary colors, ripping and gluing; secondary colors, cutting, and gluing; and then composition and repetition.