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Wrapping Paper Collage

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Grade: K & up   •   Age: 4+   •  Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt®]
Illustrated by: Geoff Slater

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Creating a work of art using leftover bits of wrapping paper.

What You Need:

  • wrapping paper scraps
  • safety scissors
  • glue
  • white poster paper or construction paper (9" x 12")
  • pencil and eraser

What You Do:

  1. Choose a design or image to work with. This could be a fish, a rooster, a sunshine or a car... whatever you decide is fine. See KinderColor for inspiration

  2. Lightly draw an outline of your image onto the poster paper - remembering to keep it simple.

  3. Cut your wrapping paper up into shapes that you can use to create your image. Take some time to work out all the details.

  4. When you are happy with your choices, glue the wrapping paper shapes down onto your poster paper drawing.

Did You Know:

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC describes collage as a technique that incorporates fragments of commercially printed paper into compositions. They also say, today, any material glued or fastened to a surface may be called a collage.

Collage is often said to have been invented by Cubism artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. However, many years prior to Cubism, Italian portrait painters often pasted small bits of gilded paper and sometimes jewels and stones onto their paintings.

Recommended Books:

Best Christmas Crafts Ever!
by Kathy Ross
Features eight-two easy to make and inexpensive holiday projects!

Creative Collage Techniques
by Nita Leland
In a colorful and inspiring layout, the book touches on the obvious clip-and-paste methods, incorporates other traditional media (rice paper, watercolor, acrylic), and then expands to consider a riot of materials, including found objects, clay, copper, beads, cloth, and rhinestones.

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