Exploring the Art of Collage
Art students were fortunate to work with local collage artist, Deborah Lawrence, this spring. Under her guidance students created collages with a social message about issues they care about. Thank you to Bellevue Schools Foundation and the Tillicum PTSA for supporting this amazing experience!
Not Just Another Pretty Face by Katelyn
My collage’s message is that a pretty girl is not just another pretty face, so basically don’t judge a person by their looks. I think this is important because lots of people think beautiful girls or blondes are dumb and are all super girly but that is not true. While making my piece I encountered a couple problems. One was just finding a good background. I finally found a good base color. Another problem was gluing because I would push the paper down hard but it would be kind of wet and rip in some parts. All the bad rips I covered by another piece so it worked out fine. From making this piece I learned that an idea for a collage can be a problem in the world. In the end, my piece is something I’m proud of.
Our Last Mistake, by Mikio
My collage communicates the message that cutting down trees just might be our last mistake. This is important to me because there is not only myself, but billions of others in this world that need our precious oxygen as much as I do. I also want the future generations to be able to live with the basic necessities—no matter how rich or poor they are. This oxygen that we are decreasing more and more every day is one of those necessities.
One problem that I encountered was figuring out what to do with my background. Ms. Colleen and I went through some magazines and found the big trees, and decided to use those. During this experience, I learned a lot about a collage artist’s life and how to simply make a collage. If I could redo my collage a second time, I would try to find more images in magazines so I have more than one option of what to do. The thing I am most proud of is how everything fits together neatly when you look at my collage as a whole.