paper. Tell them to “Cut like you
mean it!” The first pass with the blade
needs to make the cut. If a cut needs
to be gone over a second time, it will
usually not be a clean one.
Don’t Quit Now
Time to glue. It’s often at this step
that students might want to give it
up. “Don’t quit now! You’re coming down the homestretch and the
results are amazing!” It’s best to work
back to front, using rubber cement.
Skinny brushes or cotton swabs will
be needed to apply the glue since
the brushes that come in the rubber
cement cans are far too thick.
Glue the second layer to the solid
back layer, being careful to get as
much of it glued
down as possible.
The really impor-
tant layer is the top
layer. Repeat the
process, gluing the
top to the second.
Be sure that noth-
ing pops forward.
The flatter and smoother, the better.
Gently use a rubber cement eraser to
remove glue that has seeped out in
unwanted places. It’s done! Congratulations!
Students apply media, techniques,
and processes with sufficient skill,
confidence, and sensitivity that their
intentions are carried out in their artworks.
Not Another Layer!
After the first layer is completed, students are ready to select the second
layer color. It’s best to hold the first
layer on top of the choices to get a
better understanding of what the second color will look like when viewed
through the top
When this contrasting color has
been chosen, students are just about
to rebel, thinking “Not another
layer!” It’s safe to
promise them that the second layer
is much quicker than the first, with
cuts that are much more random.
Once this layer is cut, the third layer
is selected. This layer is left solid and
acts as the background. The layers can
each be cut slightly larger than each
other if borders are desired.
Starting an introductory
course with lessons that
almost always guarantee
success, creates a strong
foundation on which the
course can be structured.
standing of the importance of
strong color contrast in order
to create a striking design.
successfully use an X-Acto
knife to intricately cut layers
of paper that, when placed
together, will create a cohesive composition.
Helaine Schechtman is an art teacher at
Hunterdon Central Regional High School
in Flemington, New Jersey. hschecht@
construction paper •
X-Acto knives and •
cutting boards •
rubber cement and rubber •
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