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Tame and Wild Animal Collages – Studio Arts In-School Residency

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Nev's Hippopotamus
Neve's Hippopotamus

The Hurley School first grade has just finished their wild and tame animal collages and they came out so beautifully!

Students worked hard on this project for over four weeks. First, they sketched out their idea for an animal in its habitat. Then we spent a class mixing colors in preparation for making the painted papers. Once students' painted papers were dry, they cut out the shapes they needed to create their animal's body and its environment.

This project required students to use a multitude of creative skills! They demonstrated perseverance as they worked on their project over a month, reflection and revision as they mixed the colors they needed, and problem solving as they cut out and put together shapes to make their animals. They connected to their literacy unit as we discussed whether different animals are wild or tame, used descriptive vocabulary to talk about animals and their artwork, and read books aloud.

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We looked at Eric Carle's work for inspiration in this lesson. He has written and illustrated many books for children, including the Very Hungry Caterpillar, From Head to Toe, and The Very Busy Spider. Check some out at the library! We watched a video of Mr. Carle working in his studio, painting the papers and then cutting out pieces to create a caterpillar collage. Learning about the lives of authors and illustrators helps students make deeper connections to literature and learn about careers in writing and the arts.

Be sure to come to the Hurley School Winter Showcase on December 19th to see even more student work in  our visual arts display outside the auditorium!

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