The school year is coming to an end and your scrap box is full of leftovers from a year full of masterpieces. What to do with a few googled eyes, seven buttons, a knot of yarn, and some broken wooden sticks? It’s not enough to for an organized class assignment and your choice artists only want new stuff for their art. However, it is the perfect inspiration for some mixed media.
Louise Nevelson, at http://www.theartstory.org/artist-nevelson-louise.htm, was born 1899 in Kiev, Russia Empire and died April 17, 1988. Throughout her art career, although she studied the usual topics in art such as drawing and painting, the art that gained her fame were small intimate boxes full of found objects. Bringing the smaller pieces together, she created a piece of unity.
In you classroom, collect or build boxes from cardboard, miscellaneous pieces of foam boards, wood or craft sticks. Glue the small treasures that are left in your scrap box to the inside and spray paint a solid color. A project such as this can promote collaboration within your classroom to create unity at the end when all the cubes are put together. Give the students the choice of sizes, variety of inner pieces and location as you bring everything together. Not only an art piece, but also a character building activity. All different, working together to create harmony.
What is the difference between collage and mixed media? An art professor from years ago, now deceased, once explained that collage was more of a verb, meaning the act of gluing pieces to a surface to create a overall composition. Mainly, being one kind of supply or medium. Whereas, a mixed media is painting, assembling, gluing, and stamping, with more than one kind of a supply or media.
A fun activity with a lot of choice for your art class is to have them pick a theme. Together, demonstrate a quick drawing to place some basic images on a piece of heavy cardboard or canvas board. Using hot glue guns, trace over your pencil lines. The glue will create raised lines to paint within and added line variety as well as texture. Using acrylic paint or tempera, paint the background and images. While these are drying, gather the mixture of appropriate findings to help build your composition. A great time to teach the principles of design. A well planned mixed media should include all of the principles of design and art elements.
When sharing art with each other, discuss the different problem solving skills they demonstrated as they completed their theme inspired work of art. Do a search on Google for Mixed Media for Children for several examples. Be sure to demonstrate how to manipulate the pieces of scraps to become different parts of your idea.