Collage Projects for Elementary Students!
Now that you LOVE making prints with your Gelli Plate, what are you going to do with all that beautiful paper? You could just hoard it and wait for inspiration to strike but we’ve gathered a few examples of collage projects that call for interesting printed paper. We use this kind of paper for collages so often that we now call in volunteers a couple of times a month to make monoprints for us!
The above project was inspired by the artwork of Charlie Harper. The students used construction paper for the background and leaves, sharpie for the background and finer details, and then used the monoprint paper for the birds. Some even chose to use the monoprint paper for their leaves or just for accents, like the wings of their birds. This project focuses on the use of shape. What shapes can we use to create the body of the bird? The wings? The head? The leaves? Focus on the individual shapes that create the whole and have fun choosing what colorful paper to use for each component!
This project is appropriate for grades 1-3 but can be easily modified for any elementary school group.
If you would like an alternative bird collage project, the above is a fun multimedia project. The background is created with watercolors, the birds’ bodies with construction paper, and the wings, tail and beaks with the monoprint paper. If you want to add another medium into the mix, you can create details on your birds with oil pastels. You only need to focus on two shapes: raindrop for the bird body, wings, and optional tail and triangle for the beak.
This project is probably best suited for grades K-3 but can be modified for any elementary group.
This project combines collage with paper weaving, which is great for developing fine motor skills. Students create their sky with oil pastels and then cut long blades of grass. They attach the blades only at the bottom so that they can weave their snake (s) through the blades. The snakes are then made with the monoprint paper and details can be drawn with oil pastels or sharpie markers.
This project is appropriate for K-3 but, again, can be modified for any elementary group.
Spring is in the air as we once again explore little creatures in the grass! This project uses the monoprint paper for the blades of grass and then gives students the opportunity to draw and design their own bugs. You can use construction paper for the background or let them create their sky with oil pastels or watercolors. Once they cut out the blades of grass, they will glue them at the bottom so that they can nestle their bug (s) in between the blades. You can use green construction paper in addition to the monoprints in order to stretch the fancy paper a little further We suggest providing examples of illustrated bugs at the table as a reference.
This project works best with 3-6 grades but we have been pleasantly surprised with the work that our younger friends have created with this project.
If your students love abstract art, we have you covered. This Matisse inspired project uses construction paper and the monoprint paper. Encourage your students to create funky shapes as they “draw” with their scissors. This is another great project to develop fine motor skills. It’s also a great way to use smaller scraps of paper.
This project is appropriate for Grades K-6 but make sure you supervise your younger students with their scissors as this project might be a bit much for Kindergarten. You know your students best!
Want to avoid messes with your collage work? Use glue sponges! Learn how to make a glue sponge below.
Want to learn more about collage? Visit the Art of Education website for additional resources.