This simple yet challenging collage lesson, inspired by artist Eldes Olveira, introduces basic color theory, helps students learn to consider and use negative space as part of an overall composition, and also teaches how to use color to create a focal point.
Students use complimentary or analogous colors to create a representational abstract design of a human face, considering standard proportions and facial expressions.
Torn Paper Face Collage includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for looking at art work by Eldes Oliveira or Andy Warhol
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art-making activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- directions and suggestions for looking at and discussing student art
- a suggestion for writing about art
- photographs of student work for reference
- a printable color wheel for reference
- directions for making a personal color wheel
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Listed grade levels are just suggestions; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for most elementary grades.
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Torn Paper Face Collage is bundled
with two other lessons in Fun With Abstract Faces
Related art lessons:
Art With Faces
Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
Geometric Shape Collage
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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