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Project: Create A Collage Using Found Materials

Inspired by the work of Anne Ryan

In this week’s NEU To Do for Kids project, young artists will create an abstract collage by combining small pieces of fabric and materials to form shapes and patterns that highlight different textures and colors.

“Collage” describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, fabric, images, and other materials are arranged and stuck onto a surface.

Download the Project Worksheet

Materials Needed

  • Paper (computer paper or construction paper will work but bristol or cardboard will hold up best to the glue)
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Liquid glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Found fabric (dish towels or old clothes such as jeans, shirts,
    and socks will work but make sure you have permission to use these items before cutting and gluing begins)
  • Found materials (search for items that have with different textures such as tin foil, plastic wrap, paper towel, cardboard, yarn, string, magazine cut outs of fabric, etc.)

Be sure to share your creations with us on social media #NEUtoDoKids!


These activities were created in collaboration with the Neuberger Museum of Art Education Department and Diana Puglisi, Curator of Education, Youth & Adult Programs.