Lesson 2 - Dubuffet Figures
Lesson 4 - Hundertwasser Houses

Lesson 3 - Motherwell Paper Bag Collages



Today we will make an abstract design using collage. Get out your scissors and glue sticks!

Have FUN with it, and I look forward to seeing your paintings online (either at the Facebook group or Instagram #kidsartweek).

Thanks so much!




Today you will need:

-- a brown paper bag. 

-- scissors

-- masking tape

-- a stack of different colored papers (if you only have white paper, don't worry! You can paint your own with acrylic paint and a large brush).

-- glue stick

-- crayons


Today's video:

Kids Art Week 2016 - Lesson 3

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Today you will create an abstract collage in the style of American Artist Robert Motherwell.

1. Cut down your paper bag to use as your paper. Tape if necessary (see video).

2. Gather some different colored papers. If you don't have any, gather some white or colored paper and a selection of acrylic paints, and paint your paper! One technique is to use a "dry" brush, which will allow uneven coverage and makes for nice textures.

4. Spend some time with your scissors, cutting rectangles of different sizes, circles, and triangles. Have fun!

5. Now refer to the "recipe" below and glue down the elements in order (large rectangle, medium rectangle, small rectangle, positive circle, negative circle, triangle(s), etc.

Note: "A pinch of spice" means anything that you want to add to make your design sing!


You are just playing with colors and shapes here... it doesn't need to "look" like anything!

6. Make sure you include lights, darks and midtowns (a range of values).

8. Add line work with a black crayon.

9. Color in select areas with one or two crayons (colors of your choice).

10. Remember to have fun and don't worry about design "rules!" Just lay the elements down in order, one by one. Work slowly and try different ideas before gluing. If you slow down, you might just "feel" a little nudge in your tummy when it is the "right" spot!

Have fun!


Here are some samples:




Have fun with this lesson! Post your images at Facebook or Instagram (#kidsartweek), and we'll see you tomorrow!

And remember!
I want to encourage parents of younger children ESPECIALLY (but really, all of you), to remember to make this lesson a positive experience, even if that means not following the steps precisely! ;)
Truly, it's more important for all of us to enjoy the process, whatever the outcome. So please don't worry if the end product is not what you expected... if this is the case, you can join a very large club, because it's true of ALL art, for all of us!
I have no expectations that the images posted are "right," and hope you can let those go for you and your children, too. 
Let this be a fun time for all of you!



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