Space Fish, Aliens, and UFOs : Mixed Media Collage for Kids

Space Fish, Aliens and UFOs - Mixed Media Collage for Kids from the Lunchbox Season

While it was a somber home-coming, the crew of the ‘Ramses 2000’ could not help but rejoice to see the matcha fish swimming about the salt-clouds of Mysinae. They saw some fine fins swooshing left and right, and some others clinging by their suckers onto the windows of the ship, their tentacles bright orange-pink, or deepest blue and emerald. [I. ii.]

When ‘The Aneleh Queen’ sped through the atmosphere of Mysinae, it was swarmed by the largest school of matcha fish a space barge had ever attracted. It was as if the fish had sensed a generous, restorative presence on board and had clung to it with all their might. [III. vi.]

“Imagined Galaxies” is the theme of our March BreACK! 2015. To get started, the kids wanted to revisit the type of mixed media collage they tried out last spring, after we visited a gallery show featuring the work of Ludwig Zeller and Susana Wald. After reading them a few teaser paragraphs from the story I wrote them for March breACK, and which they’ll begin to read and illustrate later today, the kids got to work creating an image of either a Space Fish, an Alien, or a Junker UFO.  They wanted to make all three, but, since they tend to pay so much care to these projects, we decided to start with our space fish today and to attempt more cosmic figures later in the week.  Blaise got in on the project, too, by creating his own fish on the weekend to give the kids some inspiration.  I think these collages came out great!  Here are some pics and close-up gallieries. You’ll find the full DIY below.

Bea
Beatrice's Space Fish

Toby
Toby's Space Fish

Papa’s Inspiration Piece
Blaise's Space Fish

Space Fish Aliens and UFOs - Mixed Media Collage for Kids - for march break, space parties, rainy days or any day - simple DIY on the blog

Space Fish, Aliens, and Junker UFOs: Mixed Media Collage for Kids

Materials
A Nice Piece of Paper for Collage
Scissors
Glue Sticks
For Collage: a range of Magazines, Fine Paper Scraps, Discarded Encyclopedias, Newspapers, Flyers, or Photocopies of Favourite Images – whatever you have around the house.  [The Lush catalogue and The Hockey News were favourites in our house today.]
For Sketching, Details & Background: a range of #2 Pencils, Ink Pens, Gel Pens, Drawing Pencils, Oil Pastels, Watercolours and Tempera Paints – whatever you have around the house.
[Optional, for Method 2] A Photocopier

Method 1
With a soft pencil, sketch out the outline of a space fish, alien, or junker UFO
Cut bits from your stock of collaging materials and glue them to the outline as you like.
Fill in more detail with pens, pencils, paints and oil pastels as you like.
If desired, paint or colour a background around your fish, alien or junker UFO.
[Bea used black tempera paint for this.]

Method 2
With a soft pencil, sketch the outline of a space fish, alien, or junker UFO
With a fine ink pen, trace this outline and add some details.
With a parent’s help, photocopy the black and white image to a size which almost fills your nice piece of paper.
Cut out this image and glue it to your nice piece of paper.
[Alternatively, you can photocopy the image directly onto your nice piece of paper, sizing it to fit.]
Cut bits from your stock of collaging materials and glue them to the image as you like.
Fill in more detail with pens, pencils, paints and oil pastels as you like.
If desired, paint or colour a background around your fish, alien, or junker UFO.
[Toby did not choose to create a background.]

Have fun!

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