Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Community Collages

Second graders created a collage of their community to correspond with a unit they were studying in their classrooms on communities. We started by looking at collage artwork by Romare Bearden, an  African American collage artist who was a part of the Harlem Renaissance. For inspiration, we listened to jazz music from this time period while we worked. My main goals were to introduce students to the process of collage and also to primary and secondary colors. Second graders also used paper mache, recycled milk cartons and oil pastels to create a building from their community, mixing their primary colors to create their secondaries. At the end of the lesson, we set all of their buildings up in front of their collages to create a community installation in the classroom!


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