Submitted by:Michele Briggs, visual art teacher at
Biloela State Primary School in central Queensland Australia
Level: Year Three
The abstract collage lesson is a lesson which I created after looking at the corrugated cardboard relief print lesson on IAD. I loved the Idea; however, because of the limitations of not having an art room or printing area, I took the information of using a square of corrugated card and then arranging the geometric shapes inside the area. This took about five sessions.
The Objective was to explore the use of geometric shapes and to use line shape and pattern in an abstract collage.
Procedure: Steps 1: We had a look at Judy Pfaff's art work, especially her prints. We discussed what shapes, lines, patterns and colours she used.
Step 2: We used small squares of corrugated card and I had the students draw a square on an angle within the card square then a triangle within that square and finally a circle within the triangle. The students were then asked to cut the shapes out and to use all the card. They were asked to make it into a shape and glue that to one side of their paper.
Step 3: Students were then to take rubbings of their design on red, yellow and white paper they were to use some of these in the work.
Step 4: They were asked to cut the paper into shapes that were interesting and shapes that resembled those seen in Judy Phaffs prints and select those they wanted to use arranging them on the work as they wanted before gluing them down.
Step 5: They were given some black paper to cut and arrange over the top in patterns I also encouraged them to try to use either 5,7,9, or 11 pieces.
Step 6: They were given black pens to put pattern in 3, 5, or 7 spaces.
Judy Pfaff - For thirty years, Judy Pfaff's irreverent, idiosyncratic installations have challenged expectations to produce an art of great originality and strong emotional impact. In this compelling monograph, the artist's unusual choice of materials, spontaneous approach, and vast creative energy invites readers into her world of being and becoming.
Judy Pfaff: Collages and Constructions - Published on the occasion of the exhibitions from Hallwalls Art Center, Buffalo NY September 17-October 30, 1982 and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY September 24-November 14, 1982.