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"Paper Cuts"

Page history last edited by Frank Curkovic 7 years, 2 months ago

6-8 weeks (1x80mins a week)

*Lesson activities below are subject to change at teacher's discretion.



Approaches to Learning:


•time management—including using time effectively in class, keeping to deadlines

•self-management—including personal goal setting, organization of learning materials


•self-awareness—including seeking out positive criticism, reflecting on areas of perceived limitation

•self-evaluation—including the keeping of learning journals and portfolios, reflecting at different stages in the learning process


•generating ideas—including the use of brainstorming

•planning—including storyboarding and outlining a plan

•inquiring—including questioning and challenging information and arguments, developing questions, using the inquiry cycle

•applying knowledge and concepts— including logical progression of arguments

•identifying problems—including deductive reasoning, evaluating solutions to problems

•creating novel solutions—including the combination of critical and creative strategies, considering a problem from multiple perspectives

Key words: Arrangement, Balance, Collage, Composition, Communication, Community, Decorative, Depth, Design, Mask, Metaphors, Overlap, Service, Space, Stencil, Texture, Theme


TSC here


*Activities are subject to change at teacher's discretion.



Week 1 - Pre-Assessment Challenge

  • You will create a composition of your choice using paper, with no instruction.
  • What can you come up with?
  • What will you consider when creating your work?
  • You will have only 1 class period to complete it in your Developmental Workbook.


Week 2 - Intro

Students share and critique compositions from previous class.

What looks interesting? Why?

Does you work tell a story?

What approaches did students take to developing a composition?

How the compositions be done differently using the same source material? Could different techniques be used?


Distribute Unit Cover Sheet. (Students can also download and print from this link)

Review AOI, Unit Question & Concept. 

Unit question: How can ideas be remixed, reworked and reinterpreted?

Brainstorm this in small groups and record your answers in your developmental workbooks.

Please title and date your work. Be prepared to share your answers.


In groups, students create definitions for key terms (10mins).


View Romare Bearden "Back Home" 1970, by following the Thinking Routine below:


What do you think the image is about? Use the See Think Wonder routine below. Document your answers in your Developmental Workbooks.


In 5 minutes, gather some interesting facts about Romare Bearden in your Developmental Workbooks.

Be prepared to share your findings with the class.


In this unit, you will be creating a cut paper/collage piece. In the past, students recreated their line drawing.

You do not have to do this. In previous years, some students also chose a theme to depict. In the next few weeks, we will explore some collage techniques.


Task: Portrait Mash

If you look carefully at this Romare Bearden example, you will notice the faces were created from different pieces.

Your task for the remaining lesson, is to create a portrait "remix."

Create a face using various sections from other images. Further add decorative elements if you wish.

Kerstin Stephan



Week 3 - Matisse vs Other

Have some students share their work from previous lesson.


Look at the following work of art by Henri Matisse, using the Thinking Routine below. Document your questions in your Developmental Workbooks.



View the Matisse slideshow. What are the similarities/differences between Matisse and Bearden?

What methods does Matisse use? How can you apply it to your own work



Task: Matisse Collage

Create a collage similar to the methods used by Matisse. Add decorative elements and focus on colour.




View the following video:

Derek Gores from Jason D. Boone on Vimeo.

Task: Using paper, find a picture to represent. You may explore a technique you wish (cut paper, torn, magazine images/colours, coloured paper etc.). No logos etc should be recreated.



Homework: as required


Week 4 - Planning

Have students share and critique  collages from last class.


View and critique the following work.

What story is the composition telling?


Students share and critique work from previous lesson.


Review: How can we remix, rework or reinterpret work and ideas?

View the slideshow on collage:


View some previous student work paying attention to techniques used.


Review Rubric


Students should begin deciding on their final composition as well as style and/or focus.

Students should document some type of planning. This is assessed for criteria A.


Week 5, 6, 7 - Final Composition

Students work on their final composition.


Week 8  - Presentation



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