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Art Appreciation -Visual Arts
*The Collage Technique:
*Pablo Picasso

AnimalsSeashore life > Seashells | Snail, Starfish, Sand dollar

Crafts >  Seashore Collage

Holidays & Events >
April > Nat'l Week of the Ocean

Seasons > Summer

Safety > Water theme > Water Safety

Today is going to be a day the children can imagine they are by the seashore collecting shells.  After they imagine this, they can make a collage of their "findings."  

The children will also hear about some basic water safety tips around the beach, swimming pools, lakes, or rivers.

Activity #1:  Searching for Seashells and Sea Creatures on the Seashore
1.  Tell the children they will be going to an imaginary seashore. 

2.  Print the seashore creatures template in color or grayscale (one page per child), and hide in a different location around room or outdoors.  

Note:  The images were published in grayscale to allow children to color and cover the gray areas in their color of choice and these are helpful to encourage tracing over the lines rather than "staying" inside the lines.   The tracing practice is done in a fun way and is a good pre-writing skills practice.  

3.  Have the children search for the seashore items page.  Give them a hint they are all in a piece of paper. 

4.  Once every one has found them, gather around and talk about the images.  Identify the images and if possible discuss a little about them.  There is information and activities related to most of them in the Ocean Creatures Section.  

Activity #2:  Art Appreciation - The Collage
Introduction to Pablo Picasso

1.  Explain what is a collage and introduce the precursor of this visual art technique:
A collage is a type of visual art work made by sticking cloth, pieces of paper, photographs, and other objects onto a surface.  The term collage was first coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso a famous Spanish painter. He was the first to use it in oil paintings, such as this example. The word collage is derived from the French word "coller" which means to paste or "glue."

Activity #3:  Craft:  Seashore Collage
1.  Tell the children they will make their very own collage today and the theme is a seashore collage with the shells & other animals they  "found" by the seashore.  

2.  Have the children color the images if applicable and cut out the images to practice scissor cutting or they may need assistance.

3.  While they  are cutting or ahead of time, cut a piece of construction paper into strips approximately 2 1/2 inches wide with a wavy edge on one side (see illustration for an example).  The children can glue this wavy piece (the ocean waves) to a brown or tan piece of construction paper (a brown paper bag can also be used).  

4.  The children can proceed to glue the seashells, starfish, and clam images on the brown area (the sand).  Tell the children the blue part represents the water waves and the brown or tan part the sand.  

5.  If you have real shells these would also be very nice to the presentation and perhaps each child could glue one or two small ones to the collage as well.

Related activities:
Collage in Children's Picture Books:
Frederick and Leo Lionni  Explore Leo Lionni's collage technique and his imaginative mice characters.

Activity #4:  Water Safety Tips 
1.  Print this water safety sheet.  Give each child a water safety activity sheet.  
2.  Review with the children the different safety statements on the sheet.  Place the sheet on a board or felt board and run your fingers under the text as you red to demonstrate to children how text is read from left to right.  
3.  Educators/Childcare providers:  Tell the children they are to take this sheet home and have their parents review it with them and keep it as reminder of water safety.   Tell the children that water safety is important anywhere in areas where there is deep water.


Seashore Collage Illustration only

Seashore Ocean Creatures in color

Seashore Ocean Creatures Grayscale (for coloring)

Water Safety Tips Sheet (color)

Water Safety Tips Sheet
(black & white) 

Other materials:
*brown - tan construction paper or sand paper (1 piece per child)
*blue construction paper-enough to cut strips 2 1/2 inches lengthwise for each brown paper
*something to color with  

Optional:  Sea shells



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