Inspired by the work of CAMH FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Team member, Dana Caldera, create an abstract collage grouping from nostalgic paper items from around your home.
Sentimental paper items from your collection (e.g., old birthday cards, drawings from school, ticket stubs, vacation photos, etc.)
A paper background
Assorted art materials to add color to the background (e.g., paint, markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.)
Adhesive (e.g., white glue, glue stick, or tape)
01. GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
Search throughout your home for collageable paper items that bring you feelings connected to things, persons, or situations from the past. Next, find a place at home where you can safely lay out your materials and comfortably work on your artwork.
02. CREATE A BACKGROUND
Using your art materials, fill the paper with color. Be sure to look at the colors within the paper items you gathered and include them in your background. If using paint, be sure to let your artwork dry between steps as needed.
03. CHOOSE YOUR IMAGES
Tear or cut your paper items paying attention to the special elements of these sentimental items that you want to keep, such as a signature, a logo, or a pop of color that you really like.
04. DESIGN YOUR CLOUD
Arrange your torn scrap pieces into a collage cloud on your colored background. Pay attention to the colors you are using. Balance areas of high energy (bold colors, big images) with areas of rest (neutral colors, negative space).
Once you are happy with your cloud design, glue down each of the pieces to your background. Complete your artwork by using your art materials to add any additional details you would like.
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CAMH’s Virtual Drop-In Experiences feature instructions for pop-up activities you can do at home. Each hands-on activity provides creative opportunities to experience current exhibitions from a distance in a unique and meaningful way.
Led by our FAQ Team (Frequently Asked Questions), a group of artists and historians who assist with contextualizing CAMH’s dynamic exhibitions for diverse audiences. Virtual Drop-In Experiences are released on our website at 1PM every Saturday. All ages, always free.