SchoolArts Magazine

May 2016

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26 MAY 2016 SchoolArts start by sketching animals, people, or objects. I explain to them that they will need to draw as large as possible. Images drawn too small will only be frustrating once stu - dents start making their mosaics; it can be difficult to tear the scrap paper small enough to make an image recognizable. Once students have their ideas sketched out, they redraw them on large pieces of oak tag or cardboard. At this point, students may want to label each area of their drawings Bits & Pi e ce s E L E M E N T A R Y John Pilvelis important and the types of things that can be recycled, I tell students that they will be recycling the paper scraps into brand new art projects. I usually get puzzled looks until I show a sample or two of finished pieces. They always love the look of them and can't wait to find out how they are created. Starting with an Idea The most difficult thing about this project is coming up with good ideas and sketching them out. Students W henever I do a project with my class that involves using construc - tion paper, there are usually plenty of scraps left over. We save the larger scraps in boxes I place around the room. Over the course of the year, these boxes can really fill up. The end of the school year is the perfect time to utilize these materials in a fun scrap-paper mosaic project. We begin this project by discuss- ing the concept of recycling. After sharing reasons why recycling is Leah Russel, grade four.

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