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Art Lessons For Kids - Build a Collage City
Kid's Art Project - Urban Collage
Kid's Urban Landscape Collage
This project allows children to learn the basics of landscape without the worries of having to draw perspective. It also lets kid's take a closer look at the shapes that exist in architecture, especially with the tops of the buildings.
If you live in a city, then you're in luck and can recreate either the downtown area, or specific buildings. However, if you live in the suburbs or the wilderness where there aren't many skyscrapers to inspire an urban landscape, you can either make up a fantasy-scape, or look up images on the internet and gather some ideas from your favorite cities, perhaps even cities in other countries, for a unique twist!
This project focuses on shapes large and small to show foreground and background, cutting, overlapping as a form of easy perspective and finally details that can be found on buildings.
What you'll need for this childrens art project
- A sheet of white paper, at least 8.5" x 11" that is thick enough to glue onto
- A variety of colored paper or construction paper to cut your building shapes out of
- Glue Stick
- Choose from the following for details: oil pastels, color pencils, or crayon
How to assemble your Kid's Urban Landscape Art Project
1. Using the ruler to help get straight lines, draw out a variety of sizes of rectangles and squares on the colored papers. These will be the basis of all buildings, unless someone wants a large dome in the center, in which case, draw that shape as well.
2. Using a ruler or freehand, cut out a variety of shapes that could fit on top of the buildings. My example has a dome. Triangles, arches and circles all make for interesting building tops.
3. Cut out your shapes and lay them on the white paper, situated horizontally, without gluing them yet.
4. Once the buildings are in place, with overlapping to make it look like a city all the way from left to right, carefully glue them down.
5. Once glued, use your drawing tools of preference to put in the sky, windows and any other details you see on the buildings. Vary the colors to make it more interesting. The example shows windows in black, brown and blue.
And, remember: Art is a practice, the more you do it, the better it gets!