Lesson
Overview

Integrating Visual Art and Science

More Information

This project is a easy, inexpensive and requires very little prep. Using bright paper on black makes the final product really “POP.”

If time and interest permits you might want to try Kara Kramer’s - One Minute, No Glue Collage.

Steps:

1. Get out your big scrap papers.

2. Cut the paper into pieces

3. Make a big piece pile

4. Pick 5-7 (more or less) pieces

5. Clear a space on the floor or on a long table

6. Timer will be set for 1 minute

7. And . . . GO! No time to think!

8. Move and turn the pieces to make a collage

9. When timer rings, take a picture with your phone

10. Now . . . Do it all again!

Art Forms

Visual Art

Subjects

Science

Author

Trish Saccomano

Created

2019

Lesson
Timeline
Estimated Time:  about 1 hour

INTRODUCTION

Introduce the students to and discuss the art form of collage by sharing picture books illustrated by Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle and other illustrators who use collage. Display and discuss organic shapes found in the book, Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way It Does by Philip Ball. Incorporate the later collage work of Henri Mattisse into the discussion


CLOSURE/SUMMARY

Students share/compare work with fellow classmates describing their chosen organic shapes and collage techniques used.

WORK PERIOD

This lesson can be finished in a one hour work session if needed but two 45 minute - one for the input and discussion and one for the creation of the art piece would be preferable.


DEMONSTRATION

After above discussion on organic shapes, demonstrate how to cut, punch, overlap and arrange shapes into a collage art piece.


Lesson
Resources

Integration Information

Using the art form of collage to teach the Science standards of looking for observational forms of objects found in nature.

Differentiation

Differentiation would involve the amount of detail students put into their collages. Students who want more practice in the art of collage could create more than one art piece or use different papers to create different, more advanced types of collage. For example, a collage piece based on the technique of Rex Ray.

Objectives

Identifying and explaining organic shapes used in an art collage.

Questions

How can you sort,classify, and create an art piece using different and observable properties, by size, shape, color and texture?

Resources

Paper

Scissors

Elmer's Glue or glue sticks

Brightly colored paper (or collage paper)

Assorted paper punches

Picture books illustrated by Eric Carle, Lois Ehlert and/or other collage artists

Collage Workshop For Kids by Shannon Merenstein

A Bird or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse by Bijou Le Tord

Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter

Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way It Does by Philip Ball

Assessment

Assessment will take place in an authentic way - through peer share/explain.

Lesson
Media

Images

Other
Information

Historical Element

None

Fine Art Standards

VISUAL ART STRAND: CREATE

Standard 1.V.R.2

Explore the use of materials and tools  to create works of art or design; use art materials, tools, and equipment in a safe way;

identify and classify uses of everyday objects

through drawings, diagrams, sculptures, or

other visual means.

Standard 1.V.CR.3

Use art vocabulary to describe choices while creating art.

Integrated Standards

Objective 2

Analyze objects and record their properties

Sort, classify, and chart objects by observable properties e.g.,size, shape, color and texture

Science: Standard 3 

Physical Science: Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.