Collaborative Posters Using Monochromatic Patterns
I want to share with you all an alternative way of coloring my collaborative posters that involves a bit more creativity (on the kids’ part)–which is good!–and results in a final image that is unique, complex and “textured”–and perhaps, some might even think, more interesting! And best of all, it is no more work on your part! It involves using monochromatic patterns instead of solid fills.
I’ll run through the process using an image of a heart (that I created for this post), but the technique can be applied to any of my collaborative posters. Further down, I’ll show you some real world examples.
Monochromatic Patterns in Place of Solid Colors
If you are not familiar with my collaborative posters, the way they work is that each student gets a piece of a larger image to color according to a color key that I have assigned. The key reads something like this: “Color the big square below to look like the little square to the left. Use this color key: White=Blue; Black=Red.” Here’s an example:
The students then use a crayon, colored pencil or marker and color in the spaces. The final result comes out something like this after everything is put together (again, using the heart image that I made for this post):
Pretty! But, to “take it up a notch” you can instruct the students to add patterns, designs or doodle, in each of the spaces using different variations of the assigned colors. To do this, you just need to make available to them different shades and/or different media (i.e., crayons, colored pencils, markers) of the assigned colors. For example, if the assigned color were red, you would give them markers, crayons and/or colored pencils in any shade of red you had available. The kids then have the fun and creative task of filling in the red spaces however they please! Here are some action shots showing how this is done:
When all the pieces are put together, it results in something like this:
Pret-ty amazing, huh?!
It’s a simple technique that produces stunning, one-of-a-kind results the the kids (and everyone else) loves!
And, as I mentioned, it can be employed for any of my collaborative posters.
Here are some examples that teachers have been kind enough to send to me that show this technique in practice. All of them are amazing! If you are interested in any of these posters, if you click on the title of the pictures, the link will take you to that item in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
This free math poster is available to you when you sign up for my e-mai list. Sign up, download your free “We Heart Math” collaboration poster and we will tackle creativity in the classroom together!
Finally I’ll end with the most complex collaboration poster I’ve ever created–it involved about 200 people (adults no less)!. You can read about the whole experience here. It was a blast with an awesome outcome!
As always, thanks for reading and for making art with your kids.