Art and Social Studies Activity
Students use mixed media to create a collage that represents the diversity of a
country of North America or the Caribbean.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Mixed media, such as magazine photos and ads of many different peoples, torn
construction paper, cloth scraps, and packaging
- Large construction/drawing paper/poster board
- Glue or paste
WHAT TO DO
- Tell students that they are each going to create a collage using any or all
of the media you have collected. Explain that they are to use the variety of
materials to represent the diversity of people in this country or in one of the
countries to our north or south. Encourage students to think of ways they might
use the materials to represent that theme. To stimulate student thinking,
suggest the following possibilities:
- Show a structure, such as the Statue of Liberty. Use many different faces,
colors, and textures to build up the figure.
- Form the composite portrait of a single person, using features from pictures
of many different people.
- Show a building, such as the Capitol, using bits from many different
- Create a map of the country. Give it a three-dimensional effect by using
different kinds of material.
- Have students share their work and give an oral explanation of how and why
they chose their subject.
Have students write a statement or find a quotation of a famous person (such as
Martin Luther King) that they feel captures the spirit of their collage. Have
them carefully print out the lines and display them with their collage.
Create a mural by arranging all the collages to form one large design. Unify
the arrangement by using colorful materials to form a background and the
Use the collages as setting for a multicultural festival of art, poetry, and
music from North America and the Caribbean.
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