Between 1-7 February 2021, it is Children’s Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is express yourself. What better way to do that than through art. From painting and drawing to colouring in and making something, there are other forms of art that can be explored by children.
One of my favourite techniques is incorporating various materials into my art, such as doilies, fabric, old maps and music sheets or cuts from my own art prints. From this to proposing a collage project for children is just a matter of actually doing it and presenting it here. And what an enjoyable activity this was! 😊
For today’s project, I am proposing making a flower collage using old newspapers and magazines. This is something that I learnt a few decades ago when I was in school and I had a very cool art teacher who was also a known artist in the city where I grew up in Romania, Cluj-Napoca. I learnt a lot from her art classes, about perspective, shadowing, proportions and colour theory. But I vividly remember one particular lesson (actually it took us a few good lessons to finish this) when the task was to create an image using only cuts from old magazines and newspapers. It turned out to be one of my favourite art projects when I was in school.
I have been meaning to revisit this for a long, long time and I feel that now it’s the right time to do it. Combining my knowledge from my day job as a Bilingual Support Teacher with my passion for art, I wanted to give parents and children an idea of how their children can express themselves through art. So, let's get straight into it!
You will need:
- Old newspapers and magazines
- Glue or Mod Podge
- A piece of paper for your design
- Optional: scissors, felt pens, paints and brush
- being generous
- to care for our planet and loved ones
- creativity is rewarding
- spending time away from devices can be enriching