One of the easiest ways in the world to make any kind of art, including puppets, is by sticking something to something else. For instance, a collage is made up of stuff glued to other stuff, or also by putting lots of ideas together to create a whole. This kind of art has been used by nearly everybody, from kids with glue sticks to well-known children’s book artists, to some of the very, very famous: Eric Carle, for instance, Lois Ehlert, or Henri Matisse even! You can have fun exploring and creating, just like them.
Go beyond paper! Not only can you make fun pictures with collage, you can also make great puppets. In fact, some of the best sock puppets are made this way. Here’s a video that shows how
To make a more intricate sock puppet and see how some students decorated theirs, check out our Literature Live! blog, Box of Socks. Watch for our new show in the spring, The Selfish Gardener – it’s full of collage-y goodness!
Here are some great APL resources on collage