More Than Just Words. Art in the Language Arts Classroom “Character Collage”. Objective -.
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Art in the Language Arts Classroom
In any literature class, there is always much discussion about the charactersas they appear, disappear and interact in each story. This multi-layered project provides the student will a means to create first the visual representation of a ‘character’, and then to use words to define their possibilities.
. The student will create a collage which represents some type of character.
. The student will complete a “Character Collage” worksheet.
. The student will use the text from their worksheet as a basis to write a short biographical sketch – writing and art / visual and textual combined.
1 picture frame per student (5x7or smaller work best)
Magazines and specialty papers. Consider also papers with interesting context , like maps, dictionaries and sheet-music.
Buttons, lace and trims
Organics – pressed leaves, cones, twigs, shells, small stones
Glue – both ‘white’ glue and hot glue
“Character Collage” Worksheet
Books, photos, slides or multi-media presentation of examples of collages.
Show students a variety of collage and assemblage examples – both historical and contemporary.
2. Point out basic “composition” as you view the collage examples.
Provide each student with a picture frame on which they will layer their Character Collage
Allow students time to experiment with textures, composition, color arrangement. Keep them focused on the ‘character’ they are representing as they create.
5. 5.When the collages are finished, ask students to use the details from the Character Collage Worksheet as a guide for writing a biographical paragraph.
Students may “introduce” their character to the class as they read aloud their paragraph. The class should then set up a display of all the collages and biographies.
I’m Leeya and I live in Tampa. Acting is my favorite thing to do. I enjoy watching reality shows and am afraid of the dark – I always keep a night light on.
I’m Sherri. I like hanging out with friends and playing with animals. I want to learn how to ballroom dance, but I wish I didn’t know what a parasite can do to someone.
My name is Lily. I’m 35 years old. I love to garden and grow flowers. I love to spend time traveling … When I’m outside , I love to listen to classical music. I am terribly afraid of spiders.
I’m Robert and I’m 30 years old. I like to take walks in the woods. I want to live in the boon-docks and watch CMT.
My name is Noel and I love my grandchildren. I am basically the best grandmother that has ever stepped foot on earth!
I’m Rylee and I’m five years old. I love playing with my long blonde hair and cannot stand it when I have to be still. My mom gave me a red button that used to be hers when she was a little girl. It’s very special to me.
I’m Bilbo McGunblemyer. I like to play drums and hunt with my two sons, Joe and Bilbo Jr. I’d like to know why God made wasps, and I wish cuss words would go away.
As I sit in my apartment across from Central Park, I watch the trees change colors. I love the season when I can walk the streets with New York’s chilly breeze blowing through my black hair.