Art and Creativity

Art is important for children especially during their early development. Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood; in other words, art is good brain food! Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self esteem and creativity.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Collage Self Portraits

Clear out your supply closet and make collage self portraits! Cut body shapes out of the desired color of tagboard, or use precut body shapes as pictured here. Every supply closet has odds and ends that you never quite know what to do with.

Combine all your leftovers on collage trays and provide scissors and glue. If you don't have pre-printed collage papers like those pictured here, make your own collage paper with paint, scrapers and other texture tools. Children will enjoy this project while practicing decision making, problem solving and stretching their imaginations. This particular sample was made by a teacher in San Diego who enjoyed it too!


At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These collage self-portraits brought back an amazing 45 year old memory of sitting in a new fourth grade class with a wonderful compassionate teacher. I don't remember anything specifically that she taught that year, but I still have the tagboard collage portrait (with my own school picture face pasted on.) Though the collage is too fragile to handle, the memory is still strong, and sweet.


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