Geometric Collages is a step-by-step tutorial for creating a barn quilt design using two to four colors. In this 20-minute art lesson, you will use construction paper or magazines, scissors, a glue stick, and the templates below to create your own collaged design. Best for ages 6 and up.
Charlotte-based interdisciplinary artist and teacher Paul Farmer draws inspiration for this project from barn quilts designed by 19th century homesteaders. The act of collaging and creating repetitive designs serves as a form of meditation for him.
What you’ll learn:
- How to create a pattern using various geometric shapes
- How to choose different colors for your collage
What you’ll need to create:
- Paper to collage with (you can use construction paper, magazines, and more*)
- Glue stick
- Nine Patch (Easy)
- Pinwheel (Easy)
- Lincoln’s Platform (Moderate)
- Eight-Pointed Star (Moderate)
- Schoolhouse (Moderate)
- Corn and Beans (Difficult)
- Wild Goose Chase (Difficult)
*Lab tip: Get as creative as you want with the paper you use. Try using wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper, or even old photographs!