RECYCLED NEWSPAPER STILL LIFE COLLAGE
I happily spend most of my days teaching middle school students about art. I encourage them to create using a variety of different materials. Most of the time, those materials consist of recycled boxes, cardboard rolls, brown paper bags, and newspaper. Here is a recent project I completed with my 6th grade students. They began the lesson learning about the element of value and had to transfer that knowledge into a still life collage. Using newspaper was an excellent choice because it worked perfect for finding various degrees of value. To make this collage you will need:
- Recycled newspaper - I had my students only use the black & white sections
- Old manilla folders - I recycled old folders instead of waisting new ones. The manilla was easy for my students to cut and trace with. You can also use thin cardboard.
- Black sharpie marker
- Piece of paper - The background was glued onto a piece of paper to make it sturdier. Students could choose between 9x12 or 18x24 depending on how large they drew.
- Glue stick
Open the manilla folder and draw the still life. The folder will act as a stencil to trace onto the newspaper. For this reason, your drawing does not have to be that detailed. The still life I set up for my students consisted of ornaments, a vase, and flowers.
Carefully cut out all of the pieces. Later on the pieces will fit back together like a puzzle.
Here is where the value part comes in. Students had to first identify which values were the darkest, lightest, and in between. After they did this they were able to find the values they needed within the newspaper. Using a sharpie marker, trace the manilla stencils onto the newspaper and cut out. Once all of the pieces are cut then use the newspaper to find a background. I encouraged my students to keep the background simple so it would not interfere with the still life in the foreground. For my example (below) I used small words for the background. Use the glue stick to glue the background onto a piece of paper first. Then piece together the still life and glue all of the pieces down. Use the black sharpie marker to outline all of the objects, add shadows, and details. Done! This projected was a big success with my students and they loved it!