Updated: Jul 28
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Happy International Women’s Day!
As a tribute to some of the wonderful women we admire, we created these collages using black and white images, in contrast with primary-coloured shapes. They are simple to make and beautiful to display!
WHAT YOU NEED:
watercolour paper or poster board
black watercolour paint
red, yellow, blue, and white paper (ours is cardstock)
printer with B&W ink
HOW TO MAKE:
Before inviting the kiddos to join the fun, I cut out blue triangles, red circles, yellow rectangles and white strips. I made further rectangular cuts in each shape to make them more interesting.
It’s time for the littles to join in! Using black watercolour paint, create long paint strokes on your poster board or watercolour paper.
While the paint is drying, have each artist choose a woman they look up to. Find a photo of them to print in black and white. We imported our image into Google Slides and then enlarged the image.
Cut out your role model
As the paint continues to dry, artists can add details to their white strips using a black Sharpie.
Arrange the various shapes onto your dried background. Use white glue to adhere them. We decided to have the white strips radiating from each role model
Once all other pieces are glued on, add the photo print-out (also with glue).
Find out more about each woman by doing a little research as a family
What makes someone a good role model?
Who are some of the women you look up to?
What skills do you think these women have?
How can you encourage and support your friends to be the best versions of themselves?
THINGS TO CELEBRATE & ENCOURAGE:
making independent decisions during art-making
engaging in conversation starters
using an appropriate amount of white glue
helping with clean-up
This collage activity inspired great, character-building conversations with the girls, while reinforcing the primary colours I think a cute alternative would be to print out photos of each individual artist and have them write words that describe and empower them on the white strips!
Happy creating and happy connecting!