Grade Prep A have been exploring the work of American illustrator Eric Carle and the way that he works with the method of collage to illustrate his stories.
Students began their artworks by preparing different painted sheets of paper to use in their collage. The sky was created using blue food dye. Salt was sprinkled on the wet food dye and as it dried, a blotchy pattern appeared. The students thought these blotches looked like clouds. They used green acrylic paint to cover paper for grass – moving a plastic spatular over their work to create a textured effect.
Students practiced their paper cutting and tearing skills to collage clouds in the sky and grass on the ground. Each student then created a cow and an additional one-two animals of their choice to add to their collage.