Activities for this Lesson Plan
Objective vs. Nonobjective Collage
Abstract Collage Techniques
Inspiration for Abstract Artwork
Make a Series of Abstract Collages (worksheet)
Time: A week long project
Grade Level: 9 – 12
School Subject: Studio Art
- Discuss the differences between objective and nonobjective artwork.
- Discuss how Megan Coyle’s abstract collages are different and similar to her representational collages.
- Review different collage techniques.
- Make a series of abstract collages.
- Thick drawing paper
- Acid-free glue sticks
- Acrylic matte varnish
- Have students read Megan Coyle’s bio and study her representational collages in the online galleries.
- Discuss Coyle’s collage technique– review her process. Keep this in mind when studying her abstract work.
- Have students read over the Student Activities: Objective vs. Nonobjective Collage, Abstract Collage Techniques, and Inspiration for Abstract Artwork.
- Discuss how Coyle’s abstract collages are similar and different to her representational collages. Do you notice a pattern with the colors and textures used? How about with the style?
- Discuss different techniques for making abstract collages. How is the process different than the process for constructing realistic/representational collages? What should abstract art focus on?
- Distribute the collage-making materials and have students make a series of abstract/nonobjective collages.
- When the collages are complete, have students hand in their work.
- During class discussion, did students contribute to comparing and contrasting objective art to nonobjective art?
- Did the student complete a series of abstract collages using at least three of the techniques discussed in class?
- Did the student focus on color, texture, and different ways of manipulating the collage paper?