I've been focusing on collage lately, when I'm not making soldered charms, or doing my "day job" of illustration and graphic design. So that seemed like a perfect direction to take with the third graders. A recurring theme in my own collage-work has been a figure seated on a globe....
collage created for a school auction a couple years ago
"Uncle Marvin", licensed for use by a tote bag company
We took black&white photos of each child sitting on a stool, then cut out their image, trimming away the stool and entire background. Each child created a textured, collaged background in a color theme of their choice. They searched for letters to spell out their names and the word "world", as well as images of things that helped define who they are. They placed themselves on the globe, added bits of color to their photos, positioned the title letters, and glued their masterpieces together with much care and cleverness. After diligently working through many steps, using lots of glue sticks, and finishing just in time for Mother's Day, about 60 kids took home wonderful pieces of art they should be so proud of:
Obviously, I couldn't pick just one to feature here....this is just a small sampling of the kids' great work. There were so many more that just melted my heart. It was a really wonderful week for me and I was on top of the world!