Mixed Media :: Upcycled Collage

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Cardboard, tempera, scrap book paper, Oh MY! Mixed Media keeps the attention of little ones because it combines drawing, painting and collage so every 10-15 minutes you are changing mediums. This project was inspired by a stacked bird art at Small Hands Big Art  which we did with our 5Y+ students and they came out great. Click here to see how you can take this lesson to the next level.
Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard, cut down.
  • Tempera Paint
  • Paper (we used scrapbook paper)
  • Glue
  • Pastels

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Instead of rectangular strips for optimal bird stacking, we used square pieces of cardboard, and open the project with a free painting session. These classes did not create a bird.
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Post painting, we had the students wipe and mix the paint on the cardboard. It removes excess paint and dries the board much quicker.
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We then had each student select sheets of paper that they then cut down and collaged onto the boards over the paint. This creates a variety of textures.
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The final step of the process was using pastels around the newly adhered paper. This is a really great final step as it gives the final image texture.

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