Activities for this Lesson Plan
What is “Painting with Paper?”
What is a Still Life?
Why is Color Important in Art?
Make a Still Life Collage (worksheet)
Time: Two 45 minute class periods
Grade Level: Middle School
School Subject: Art
- Study Megan Coyle’s collage technique and respond to questions.
- Discuss why Coyle’s collages look like paintings.
- Focus on the role of color and texture in works of art.
- Create a small paper collage using the “painting with paper” technique.
- Acid-free glue sticks
- Construction paper (assortment of colors)
Class Period One
- Have students read the brief biography of Megan Coyle and take a look at the collages from her online portfolio.
- Have students respond to questions from the Student Activities: What is “Painting with Paper,” What is a Still Life, and Why is Color Important in Art?
- Discuss Coyle’s collage technique. Review how it differs from other collage techniques and what makes it so unique.
- Discuss the importance of color in a work of art. Review how different Coyle’s collages would look if they were in black and white. How does color help create the mood in a work of art? How does it help illustrate a scene?
- Remind students that next class period they will make their own still life collage with the “painting with paper” technique.
Class Period Two
- Students will make a collage. Have students draw their favorite object so they can make a still life work of art.
- Distribute magazines and other collage making supplies and have students collage over their drawings.
- Have students finish and hand in their work.
To evaluate the student artwork, ask:
- Did the student complete a paper collage of a still life?
- Did they demonstrate Coyle’s collage technique?
- Does the collage focus on color? Does the selection of color help create a mood?