Art in the Open Learning Programme

Ensure that the paper picture is secured to the table (or floor if a large picture - the floor surface must be hard and flat however, a carpet wouldn't work) It is best to use masking tape for this. When the paper is in place pupils are ready to make the rubbings. Cover the paper picture with another piece of plain paper. Newsprint paper is best for this as it is thin, which create a better rubbing. Next, taking an oil pastel or wax crayon, turn the crayon on to its side (paper casings must be removed from the crayon or pastel if the brand has them). Rub the crayon or pastel, slowly and firmly over the paper, until the picture is revealed. Pupils can use one colour, or experiment with a variety of colours.

Year 4 pupils making rubbings on the floor.

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This is a fantastic way of creating collages with texture. It also encourages children to create their own resources for use in the classroom.

Children should create lots of painted sheets of paper. The sheets can be created as part of a colour mixing activity, for example how many greens can you make? How many blues can you make? (See Arts Skills for Teacher Painting for more ideas) The sheets can also be created as part of a pattern and texture painting exercise. Allow one session for creating the painted sheets of paper. Cartridge paper is best as will hold the paint and stay fairly flat.

Once the sheets have dried they can be used for making collages. The paper can be cut into shape using scissors, or ripped into pieces for greater texture as in these landscapes below.

Painted Paper Collages by Year 4 pupils.

If there is not enough time to create painted sheets, magazines or coloured paper can be used, but painted sheets will create wonderful textures and their creation turns the activity into a longer term project.