Monday, June 25, 2012

Collage Workshop at Mt. Vernon Public Library


A Letter To Amy by Ezra Jack Keats was inspiration for the first collage workshop I taught at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Peter, the main character, passes many colorful fences (plywood fences that typically surround a construction site or vacant lot) as he takes his letter to Amy through the rainy, windy, urban streets where he lives. Keats makes the fences beautiful by collaging colorful pieces of paper with interesting designs or type written on it. The children at the Mount Vernon Public Library turned plain newsprint paper into colorful, patterned paper by doing rubbings at designated spots in the room. Once they collected a variety of rubbings they selected a piece of recycled cardboard for their base. Most cut the paper but some tore it to fit their design. They carefully arranged and pasted their papers down on the base. A Letter To Amy gave the students a purpose but once they started collaging their imaginations took off.