What is Collage?

The word collage comes from the French word (collage-meaning to glue).

One of  the easiest definitions for children is “a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric on to a backing”.

Why teach it?

I often use collage at the beginning of year to  inspire children to love art making. All too often children think art means ‘drawing’ and if you can’t draw well, then you’re not ‘good at art’. In order to turn these ideas around I introduce a range of collage techniques from paper collages to found/ recycled material collages to collagrah prints (a slightly more advanced collage technique using cardboard and found objects).

Students seem to love making collages as they have the opportunity to choose and use different materials and they usually need little assistance.

Types of Collage-under construction

Paper Collages

Found/ recycled materials

cardboard collages

Artists who use collage


Student Examples of collages


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