Newspaper collage for Earth Day

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In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, Maia and I made collages using recycled materials: newspaper and mat board remnants. I was inspired by one of the projects in MaryAnn Kohl's Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids. Her project involves painting a background, then gluing on an image (fish, boat, building, etc) cut out of newspaper. We already had the crayons out and were in drawing mode, so went with it.

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Maia drew a picture on her mat board with crayons first.

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Then glued torn bits of newspaper to her drawing/collage. She said her picture was of a cherry tree and cherry blossoms with yellow cherries all around them (This kid is excited about our cherry and plum trees!).

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I wanted to get in on the newspaper collage action, too, so worked on my own. I skipped the drawing stage and just started collaging.

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This was fun!

I'd love to hear what you're family is doing for Earth Day, whether art projects, activism, planting trees, or whatever.


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  1. Chandra says

    I think we are going to make a hummingbird feeder out of an old pop bottle for earth day.

  2. says

    Thanks! :) For a long time I didn’t work alongside her because I was worried about influencing her work too much or having her compare her work to mine, etc. But it doesn’t seem to be a big deal. And I think we both enjoy it more when we sit down and create together!

  3. says

    I am making beads from shredded newspaper paper mache.
    I hope to have the beads done by tomorrow so that I can string them and wear them as a necklace on Earth Day.