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Collage vs. Assemblage

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore the work of Louise Nevelson and discuss the similarities and differences between collage and assemblage. They will create a painted wooden relief and write an artist statement reflecting on their completed artwork.

Level

Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will collaboratively compare and contrast the artistic processes of collage and assemblage.

Students will explore and analyze the artwork of Louise Nevelson.

Students will combine the concepts of collage and assemblage to create several wooden compositions.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce collage and assemblage.
  • Facilitate a comparison between the two processes using a Venn diagram.
  • Share the work of artist Louise Nevelson and challenge the class to classify it as either collage, assemblage, or both.
  • Demonstrate strategies for arranging, gluing, and painting wood.

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National Standards


Create

Use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art.

VA:Cr1.2.1a

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

10 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Cardboard or wooden panels
  • Wood scraps
  • Liquid glue
  • Acrylic or tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water cups

National Standards


Create

Use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art.

VA:Cr1.2.1a

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

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Steps

Gather Supplies

Choose a base for each panel of the project—either cardboard or wood. Select some wood scraps of various sizes and shapes

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Instructional Materials

Reference

5 Tricks for the Best Collage Materials

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Best Options for Collage Adhesives

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Lists

Basic Collage Vocabulary

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Artist Bio

Louise Nevelson

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Reference

Collage Center

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Reflection

Stoplight Exit Ticket

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