SchoolArts Magazine

May 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 27 with the contrasting colors that they intend to use. This makes things easier later on. Building with Color Once students are finished with their drawings, I give them a quick demon - stration on how to fill in areas with recycled construction paper. It's best not to start with a key area, such as the animal's face. I encourage students to start with a large single-colored area in the background of the picture. Students each choose one color from the scrap boxes and tear them up into small pieces. A good size piece to use is approximately the size of a quarter, although some students like to tear the paper into even smaller pieces. Next, glue is applied to the area of the oak tag that's being worked on. The small pieces are then placed on the glued area. Pieces should be slightly overlapped for the best effect. As each area is completed, students should cover as much of the original oak tag as possible. It can be frustrat- ing for students to return at the end to fill in the spots where oak tag is still showing. Once an area is finished, students start another section with a different color. Gradually, students acquire the confidence and skill needed to com- plete additional areas of their mosa- ics. Once they understand the process, most of them hate to stop working. It can take several classes to complete the mosaics, depending on the com- plexity of the drawing, size of the oak I tell students that the ill be taking these scraps and rec cling them into brand new art projects. Clockwise from top-left: Roland Pyhtila, Ashlynn Beckwith, Drayton Smith, Allyson Beiersdorf, grade four. tag sheets, and students' abilities, but it's well worth the effort. Results from Recycling When finished, everyone is amazed at the final results—beautiful mosa- ics created from recycled paper. Talk about a meaningful lesson on the value of recycling! Good luck, and start saving those scraps. John Pilvelis is an elementary art teacher in the Northeast Bradford School District in Rome, Pennsylvania. JPilvelis@ neb. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K mosaic

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