Use the following procedures to create a personalized collage.
1. Art Historical Context:
Pablo Picasso was one of the first “modern artists” and he used collage to work through his creative ideas. Check out Picasso’s famous “Still LIfe with Chair Caning” below. If you are curious as to why this artwork is a significant part of “art history” you can watch this Khan Academy video on your own time: https://youtu.be/286FiUvOeFs
2. Next, watch this You Tube video on portrait collage: https://youtu.be/NYpJIxQJ0BE?t=32s
and maybe this one? https://youtu.be/usITSNJwC5E
3. Take a piece of paper and draw a self-portrait using a mirror. Use a large piece of paper - maybe 12” x 18”. The mirrors will be on your desk when you walk into class. Try to use only line as in this example:
4. Next, as in the video, use small pieces of ripped or cut paper to create a portrait where you collage both the space outside of you and the space inside of you! Think about using colors that “make sense” to you as an artist -but also be open to the meaning of images. Can you create any interesting positioning of pictures in the world outside of your portrait outlines?
Here are some examples of art (below) with a political message arguing against war made by German artists Hannah Hoch and Raoul Hausmann. The art on the left is a collage and the work on the right is an assemblage. Placing objects next to each other can change or create new meaning. When you place your images on your collage make sure that your work is appropriate for school, but be sure to tell a story and above all have fun creating something new.
5. Now that you have all of the information that you need, begin making your collage. Can you guess which artist made this collage?
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