Day 2: Collage!

Today at the Lab school, the students continued working on their “Time Travel Hats.”

To begin the lesson, Madeline had the students bring their learning logs to the morning “circle up,” a time during which each student has the opportunity to share how they are feeling and tell something about themselves. Today the students shared their drawings and ideas for their time travel hats with their classmates.

Madeline then introduced a new technique for art-making called “collage,” using her own time-travel hat in her demonstration. The students were given an assortment of materials with which to practice this new technique and add sculptural elements to their time travel hats. Fabric, paint, buttons, cotton balls and string were available at each table for the students to use.

A few students kept their learning logs nearby and used the sketches as reference while building their collage. Others dove right in with the materials, not concerning themselves with the original plans for their hats. This student kept her learning log open to view her sketch as she added to her hat.

Below is an example of a student who chose to focus on the materials rather than following the original drawings. This particular student was fairly methodical in the application of materials, choosing to add all of the cotton balls before adding fabric, then finally adding string.

This student cut out shapes described as”random” with her fabric. She explained that she did not want the shapes to represent anything specific, she simply liked the way they looked. When asked what her hat said about her, she replied “I am very different and so is my hat!”

Other students chose to cut shapes to represent specific forms. This image shows a student using a marker to draw out a shape onto the fabric before cutting it out. The newsprint layed out on each table was a great tool for some to practice drawing out their forms.

This student described his hat, noting the purpose of each element he chose to add. “This string will tell people what time period I am from when we time travel.”

Below is an example of a student’s use of “stamping.” This student used his thumb to transfer paint onto his hat, a technique he called “thumbprinting.”

Much of the content regarding design was centered around the self. These hats are intended to say something about the creator. Many students chose to include a depiction of themselves.

This student chose to represent each member of her family with the geometric shapes shown below.

When the students were finished with their hats and it was time to clean up, Madeline taught them how to use the drying rack to safely store their artwork.

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