Here is an example of an encaustic collage that I had the grade 9-10 students create. First, we discussed some guidelines for composition, such as layering, cutting out the backgrounds, using objects of different sizes, and placing objects off-centre, etc. Next, the students created a collage of magazine pictures on a piece of cardboard. Finally, they "glued" down each layer with hot wax and ironed the pieces smoothly together at the end. The neatest thing about using the wax as opposed to glue is how it made the colours so vivid, with a dreamy quality created by the extra wax on the bottom right hand corner. Brilliant!
The students often start the assignment thinking that it will be really easy- I mean, we're just cutting up magazines. However, they quickly realize how difficult it can be to find images that balance with each other, and to create a brand new scene where the pictures look professionally composed. However, they get really into it and I rarely have any complaints- it's a fun challenge for students of all abilities.
|Encaustic collage, created by grade 9 student Shelby Fortney|