Fifth Grade Collage, Guitar from deepspacesparkle.com
See Rock Creeks “Guitar” under image gallery
After showing a youtube clip on different shapes of guitars. I placed 3 different
types around the room. Then we followed the following directions.
Musical Medley...Music Art Collage
12" x 18" white drawing paper
Black oil pastels for each student
Oil pastels in a variety of colors to share
photocopies of sheet music (I asked the music specialist for some,
but you could also download sheet music from the Internet)
Large brushes for Mod Podge
Step One: Drawing the instrument
I found some photographs of musical instruments on the Internet but also "swiped" my
son's black warlock electric guitar and his acoustics guitar for visual aids.
We took a few minutes to talk about musical instruments and how identifiable each
one is. Most instruments are recognized by their shape: trombone, drums, guitar, so I
encouraged the students to chose an instrument with a great shape.
Since I had guitars on display, guess which instrument they chose? Yup. Guitars. So,
let this be a lesson to you: if you want variety either bring in lots of samples or
provide a handout that shows different instruments.
Using a black oil pastel, draw one instrument in a variety of sizes and place in
different parts of the white paper. Talk about composition and the benefits of
drawing a one large scale instrument then picking a part of the same instrument (i.e.
neck of the guitar) and drawing that off to the side. I'm not explaining this very well,
but the point is to take one instrument, break it down into sections and vary the size.
Step Two: Coloring
Once the drawings are done, begin coloring the instruments using oil pastel. Once the
students begin coloring, a few will complain that the black oil pastel lines are messing
up their colors. To solve this problem, trace over the black oil pastel with the color
they wish to use. This locks in the black and prevents it from smearing. It's not a
perfect solution, but in the end, all lines will be traced in black anyways.
Use non-traditional colors. The brighter and more vibrant the better.
Step Three: Adding the Sheet Music
Once the background is colored in (takes along time to color this big sheet in well),
tear a piece of sheet music into sections. Place the sections on the background,
taking care not to cover the instruments.
Use Mod Podge to apply the sheet music. If you have a lot of mod podge, keep
spreading it over the entire picture. It really gives the collage a cool sheen and
hardens nicely. If you don't have mod podge, just apply the sheet music with a glue