Another beautiful assignment from my Life-skills/Learning Assistance class:
Students found a partner and created these compositions collaboratively. Some students called them mozaics and some wanted to call them collages, which are both somewhat accurate descriptions. I preferred to refer to them as ripped-paper drawings because the focus of the class was that we could make art out any material - and we could think of drawing in any way that we wanted - not just precious sketches with an HB pencil.
I started by asking them to fill in a border thinking that I would interupt them later to go onto my next set of instructions. Well, they did the border but they got so into it that they didn't stop. And of course I didn't want to stop them when they were so immersed in the art making process so I let them keep going with no further instruction. Some of them naturally developed abstract images. We talked about abstraction: what it meant and why it was an interesting way of creating art. I used the example of seeing things in clouds and the kids immediately perked up and started an excited discussion of the various things that they were seeing in the drawings. I know it's a limited way of looking at abstract art but whatever works right?
Here are some of the beautiful results:
Jennifer Law (her partner was not into it and went to draw hockey players:)
Navdeep Binning, Delvin
Elton Lee, Najma Passayer, Deborah Broadley
Crystal Lam, Casey Kong