What Collaging Teaches Kids
If you ask a kid what collage is, they’ll say something about it being a fun way to make things. But it’s actually an art form that provides critical skills for development.
What is Collage?
Defined as an art form, this is a creative process used with children as a form of artistic expression.
“The word ‘collage’ describes a composition made up of a variety of assorted materials – typically, printed matter like newspaper clippings, photographs, pieces of graphic or digital art, oddments of textile or fabric, and perhaps solid objects – all glued to a sheet of paper or board or canvas”.
History of Collage:
“Techniques of collage were first used at the time of the invention of paper in China, around 200 BC.”
In modern art, the word ‘collage’ describes a composition made up of a variety of assorted materials – typically, printed matter like newspaper clippings, photographs, pieces of graphic or digital art, oddments of textile or fabric, and perhaps solid objects – all glued to a sheet of paper or board or canvas. Collage is associated above all, with the modern art movement of Cubism and Dada, as well as modern practitioners of assemblage art like the American Pop-artist Robert Rauschenburg. The theory and practice of collage art is now taught as a Minor degree subject in some of thebest art schoolsEurope and America.
Collage in Cubism
“Early twentieth century exponents of collage were the two Cubist pioneers Pablo Picasso andGeorge Braque. To begin with, they developed Analytical Cubism, reflecting Picasso’s artistic philosophy that a head simply consisted of two eyes, a nose, and a mouth, which can be laid out in any way the artist desired. Analytical Cubist paintings duly became more and more fragmented and their content increasingly abstract. Then, about 1912, Picasso and Braque developed a new form of painting known as Synthetic Cubism– a method which imported first words, then “real” elements, like newspaper cuttings, tickets, scraps of wallpaper and labels, to represent themselves. Another method used was papier collé, or stuck paper, which Braque used in his collage Fruit Dish and Glass (1913)”.
Common themes for collaging with kids:
Goal Setting Boards
Practicing the art form of Collage helps children with:
- Increased creativity
- Building confidence
- Grows their visual skills
- Improves their critical thinking skills
- Helps them develop decision making skills
- Teaches them the importance of practice and discipline
- Improves their memory and concentration skills
- Expands their self-understanding
- Improves communication skills
- Enhances their cognitive skills
- Increases vocabulary development
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