Pattern and Collage

Combining collage and zentangles is a great way to introduce Art I students to Line and Shape.

Supplies:

  • White drawing paper
  • Black felt tip pens
  • Magazines
  • Glue sticks

I loved using this project to reinforce the concept of line and shape with my Art I students. It is basic enough that students who have had little or no art experience can be successful. Students who have had art before or have done a lot of drawing on their own were not boxed into an “easy” project.

Combining collage and zentangles is a great way to introduce Art I students to Line and Shape.

I got the idea for this project from another teacher’s blog. Since this was my first year teaching high school art, I spent a lot of time scouring the internet to find ideas for projects that are appropriate for an Art I class.

Combining collage and zentangles is a great way to introduce Art I students to Line and Shape.

For the sketching portion of this project I had my students fold a paper into eighths and then cut off two sections so that they had six small rectangles. They filled each of those rectangles with a different zentangle design. I explained to them that since zentagles are created with the purpose of sharing, they could search for ideas of zentangles to practice or they could create their own pattern. Having a small library of patterns helped them to focus on where they wanted to place their patterns on the final artwork, instead of worrying about what to draw.

Combining collage and zentangles is a great way to introduce Art I students to Line and Shape.

 

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