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Study the artwork of Robert Rauschenberg then create an original collage with written analysis.
Robert Rauschenberg is a contemporary American artist, living in New York and Florida. His varied artwork includes painting, sculpture, prints, collage, and performance. He is best known for his Pop-Art, which uses images found in popular culture, such as advertisements, television, famous people, and events.
Rauschenberg was born on October 22, 1925, at Port Arthur, Texas. He studied pharmacy briefly and served in the U.S. Marines. He then began to study art at various institutes including the Kansas City Art Institute, Academie Julian in Paris, Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and the Art Students' League in New York. He was associated with many prominent artists including John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and James Rosenquist, who became his close friend.
One of the methods Rauschenberg used in his art was collage. His earlier works used a method of transferring images he found in newspapers and magazines to his canvas through silk screen. His later work, which he called Combines, uses real objects attached to paintings or sculptures.
Have students look closely at one of Rauschenberg's photographic silk screens. What images do they see? Decide what the artist might have been saying with his work. Students should write their ideas with Crayola® Colored Pencils.
Students will make a collage of their own using Crayola Scissors to cut interesting pictures from recycled newspapers or magazines. Use Washable Crayola Glue Sticks to attach them to paper.
Add details to the collage with Crayola Markers. For a more painterly effect, draw over your collage with Crayola Oil Pastels, and smudge the edges of the pastel strokes.
Write a description and interpretation of the collage for its viewers.
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