This cute and quizzical elephant was created (by Grace) by collaging hand painted papers especially made by our second graders.
We began this lesson by learning about favorite artist/author Eric Carle. This movie: Eric Carle, Picture Writer is a great way to see him at work.
Students painted the papers collaboratively at tables on tissue paper, using many tools such as stamps, carpet bits, cardboard, combs, etc. We tried to do as Eric Carle did – just paint pretty papers but not think about painting something in particular. After the papers had dried, they were sorted by color and cut down to manageable sizes.
Meanwhile, student had been drawing animals, insects and mythical creatures, birds, etc in a “coloring book simple” style. They used these preliminary drawings as a reference for their collages. These collages were as much fun for me to look at as they were for students to make. Enjoy these student examples: