Saturday, April 20, 2013

Art Auction Project: Miss L's Charley Harper Collage Lesson

Mis L's Art Auction Project : Drawing Charley Harper Birds

 S & R have different 4th grade teachers this year. And that meant helping with two different art auction projects for 4th grade. S's favorite artist is Charley Harper and he really wanted me to do an art lesson on him in class this year. I gave Miss L (S's teacher) some collaborative art ideas for her class and she really liked the thought of birds. This is where I got the birds in the tree idea from: Art for Small Hands. Combining Charley Harper and a bird collage piece was obviously a no-brainer!

Mis L's Art Auction Project : Drawing Charley Harper Birds

I gave the class a powerpoint lesson on Charley and his minimal realism style of art. I cut copy paper in half and gave each student a half sheet. They then folded it in half and on one side began drawing their bird (any type of bird at all) in the style of Charley Harper. After they finished their drawing they could then visit the scrap paper pile and start trying to duplicate their bird in collage form on the other side of the paper. Some students made a very faithful reproduction, while others discovered patterned papers they liked better than their original design. But it was fun to watch them design between the two different media.

 Mis L's Art Auction Project : Drawing Charley Harper Birds

The size of the paper also helped the kids stay in a general size range that made it easier later on to find spots for each bird on the canvas mural.

Mis L's Art Auction Project : Drawing Charley Harper Birds Mis L's Art Auction Project : Drawing Charley Harper Birds Mis L's Art Auction Project : Drawing Charley Harper Birds

 It was a pretty cool lesson that turned out even better than I expected. Next stop - adding to the canvas!

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