shapes in the drawing and cut the
same shape within that shape, following the directions of the lines.
The result will be the creation of
a black stencil. (Safety note: Make
sure to demonstrate the proper
use of knives to prevent injuries.)
• Experiment with water and bleeding tissue paper to create a variety
of visual effects and textures.
Students can layer colors, apply
water with a spray bottle and
sponge, and crumple up the paper
as it dries.
• Select a tissue paper color to fill
in the empty shapes. On the side
of the white line drawing, place
tissue paper over the shape you
want to fill and use a pencil to
trace the black stencil around
that shape. Use scissors to cut out
the traced shape.
• Apply glue to the black stencil
and carefully adhere the cut tissue paper shape to the stencil.
• When all shapes are filled in with
color, apply clear cellophane
to the back of the project for
*Note: The drawing and gluing
will be on the back of the finished
project, allowing the front image to
remain clean; however, the original
drawing will be in reverse.
Through an interactive classroom
discussion and critique, students
evaluate how well their completed
collages and those of their classmates meet the objectives of the
lesson. Ask questions such as: If you
were standing in this landscape,
what would be the closest
object to you and what
would be the farthest
away? What devices did
the artist use to create
the feeling of three-dimensional space?
Where in the collage do
you see these demonstrated?
The discussion should
also focus on the wonderfully unique ways
students depict their
ideal landscapes. Collages can include an
array of objects from
natural elements like
waterfalls, tulips, and
creatures to human
made ones like boats,
bridges, and buildings.
Janine Vannata is a middle
and upper school visual arts
teacher at the Hewitt School,
a K– 12 independent school
for girls on the Upper East
Side of Manhattan, New
Left to right: Olivia Matticoli, grade six; Olivia Silberman, grade six.
Through designing imagined
landscape collages that include
a foreground, middle ground,
and background space, students will learn to use various
devices (overlap, position, size,
and detail) to represent three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface.
• Tiffany stained-glass
• white drawing paper
• 18 x 24" ( 46 x 61 cm) black
• bleeding art tissue paper
• white colored pencils
• X-Acto knives
• glue sticks
• clear cellophane
Students select media, techniques,
and processes; analyze what makes
them effective or not effective in
communicating ideas; and reflect
upon the effectiveness of their