Grade 5 students recently completed colorful collages showcasing animals from across the United States. Abby created a beautiful grey fox.
She shares this reflection about her artistic process:
Overall, I think I had a good experience making this collage. It was a little hard to find the right colors that I needed. What I did to get through the challenge was improvise to find a solution that worked even though it took a long time. The part of the process that I enjoyed the most was collaborating with my friends and finding a way to put the scraps onto my picture. I like the way my piece came out because I am not naturally talented at collaging, but I still was able to do this successfully. The part of the artistic process that surprised me the most was that we spent so long drawing our animals. Now that I look back at it, I think it was very important that we spent so long drawing because we need to know all of the spacing and color details.
Guest post from a Grade 5 Hamlin School student writing about her recent art project:
While I was researching, I discovered many interesting facts about the monarch butterfly. I learned that they can travel up to 3,000 miles while migrating, they can’t fly in the rain because their wings will get too heavy, so they have to wait the rain out. Also, I learned that they are called king of butterflies, hence the name monarch. Additionally, I learned that caterpillars gain about 2,700 times their original weight, and monarch butterflies don’t have lungs, they breathe through their scales!
I loved seeing this project in different stages. One challenge that I had was that the shapes of my creature were specific and detailed, so it was hard fitting the pieces into the collage. To help me with this problem, I used the scissors to make the shapes. Although this was challenging, I enjoyed putting the pieces on because it was really cool to see the colors and contrast come together. One thing that I was surprised about was how easily you could see the butterfly on my collage. I was pleased about how it came out because it looked pretty realistic and the colors looked really nice together.