The unit begins with students making observations about an Eric Carle collage illustration. Youngsters note that the figure is composed of several shapes; they explore making a balanced composition of shapes. After making observations about collages by Alex Katz and Romare Bearden that feature a figure in an environment, students create a collage that incorporates a figure in a setting. The unit concludes with a display of work accompanied by signage.

Grade 2 Benchmark:

Through an exploration of art materials and techniques, students exercise imagination, construct meanings, and depict their experiences; work in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms, use basic art tools, and gain knowledge of media and compositional elements

Performance Indicators:

Students will be able to:
Create a collage that demonstrates experimentation with: placement of shapes, color, torn and cut paper, composition, and layering
Students will be able to: 
Arrange shapes to create a balanced composition
Make observations about works of art
Employ color to evoke a sense of place
Select materials for specific effect
Determine how details enhance a composition
Reflect in writing about the art making process
Students will understand that: 
Artists experiment with compositional elements
Artists use various materials and techniques to evoke a sense of place
Artists construct meanings and depict their experiences
Artists make aesthetic decisions
Art is exhibited for all to enjoy
Exhibitions are the result of teamwork
collage, layering, composition, depict, palette, matte, glossy, vertical, balance, surface, signage, exhibition
Formative Assessments:
Student Self-Assessment: Works-in-progress, informal student reflection and responses to experimentation, descriptions of art experiences and processes.
Peer Assessment: Student interviews of peer-artists, peer critiques of work.
Teacher Assessment of Student Work: Teacher observation of work-in-progress with feedback to students, questioning students during independent work.