construction work is all about assembling materials on a flat surface to
create a design or image. The work can be very free e.g. tearing up pieces
of coloured paper and assembling them in a free pattern on a sheet of paper
(collage with infants) or very directed e.g. using specific shapes of card/paper
to produce an image (mosaic work with senior classes).
is, generally speaking, the freest form of two-dimensional construction.
materials are torn or cut into random shapes and assembled on a backing
types of activities involved might include
out pieces of paper of one colour from coloured magazine pictures and freely
assemble them on a pageto create a design in tones of one colour (junior
up and crumple small pieces of tissue/crepe paper, draw an image on a piece
of paper and use these to fill in and complete the picture (middle classes)
up small pieces of coloured paper. Separate them into piles of the same
colour. Draw an image or a design on a sheet of paper and use these pieces
to complete the picture.
up small pieces of newspaper. Separate them into pieces of similar tone.
Use them to produce an image in various tones of black, grey and white
is completed images used to create something new.
can be cut from magazines, papers, old books, photos, postcards, etc. and
stored in categories for use in this type of work. Examples of such work
lots of pictures of faces and assemble them to make a crowd scene.
pictures of food and assemble then on a paper plate to create a picture
of your favourite meal. Display on a background representing a tabletop.
collection of images to make a nonsense or fantasy picture e.g. animals
with human heads
collection of pictures of cars to make a garage scene
human features and make an identikit picture or silly head.
of buildings to create a new town
is a more directed activity and involves using small tiles of paper (usually
in squares) to create a design or an image. It is probably best suited
to senior classes. Children can see examples of mosaic work in Roman floors,
Islamic art and in churches. Examples of work might include
a design for a floor using tiles of three colours
variety of colours to create a mosaic image of a face. (Some tiles will
have to be cut to fit into spaces)
on a group collage with your friends where you will use a range of materials
including papers, fabrics, paints, etc to create an image based on a famous
drawing/colouring materials to produce a range of designs for a tiled floor.