The term collage comes from the French verb “coller,” which means “to paste,” or “to stick.” Developed in the early 20th century, this abstract technique uses found and fancy papers that are glued directly to a canvas or other surface to create visual or textural features. This art lesson plan incorporates the collage technique and the use of glitter to create a visually engaging and unique piece of art.
Glitter Collage Art Project
Influential artists who have created pieces using the collage technique include Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Hannah Höch. Students will create a composition using line, shape, color, and space to create a collage that includes both complementary colors and varying textures.
Careful use of scissors, rulers, and glue will allow students to create a piece that features a variety of geometric shapes, patterned and plain paper, and glitter glue. The glue should be used to enhance and not overwhelm the design.
Tips for Creating a Glitter Collage
Creating a collage looks easy, but these tips might help young artists to create a piece that is visually engaging and personal:
- Have students spend some time researching collage artwork — making note of things they like about what other artists have created to use as inspiration.
- Discuss the different types of lines, shapes, colors, and patterns that can be used in the creation of the collage pieces — offer young students tips on cutting out shapes.
- Start with a sketch of the general layout of the collage. This will help students to plan out their paper placement and colors.
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The Tru-Ray Construction Paper and Elmer’s Classic Washable Glitter Glue work together to turn a black mat board into a masterpiece. Special, decorative paper will make each individual art piece stand out as a glittering example of creativity in the art room.