Your First Magazine Collage Art Project with Kids
When I first introduced magazine collages to my kids, they instinctively cut out images that they found and liked.
They mostly cut out animals, people, or shapes. Their interpretation of collage was very literal; to them, a collage meant cutting out what you like and without overlapping, attaching the selected images beside one another.
My experience was that my children exhibited reluctance to overlap, cover, or otherwise change the found photographs. An example of this type of collage is below.
As your children experiment and create more and more collages…
Over time, our collage artwork has become more creative and has started to incorporate additional materials and techniques.
We’re adding watercolor and paint and experimenting with various types of paper (pages from magazines, painted paper, and colored paper). Please explore our work and find inspiration for your next magazine collage art project.
EGGS IN A BIRD’S NEST: Magazine Cut-Out Collages with Watercolor
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In this mixed-media collage, the bird’s eggs are cut from magazines and the nest’s twigs and branches are cut from brown construction paper. The background is created with a watercolor dry brushing technique.
Get Creative! Think about the vantage point that you are viewing your bird’s nest, and then overlap the sticks and twigs in a way that represents that view. For instance, perhaps the sticks overlap the eggs and perhaps they do not. We did both!
BIRDS: Magazine Cut-Out Collages
Design your favorite birds with simple shapes cut from colorful magazine pages and pages full of printed text. The contrast between big bold patterns and tiny black words is striking!
RACE CAR: Kid’s Magazine Collage Art Project Idea
In this collage series, we cut geometric shapes to form a simple race car, then we traced those shapes onto textures and images that we liked in magazines. The result is a collaged race car created from magazine cutouts. (Do you love Race Cars, we sell LEGO-built race car decals!)
For this collage’s background, we used a colorful full-page magazine advertisement and also a design we had painted as process art on another day.