Four Fun Ways You Can Create Collaged Pet Portraits

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Good morning Campers! I hope you are well and feeling good? What did you have for breakfast this morning? Something yummy I hope! Are you ready to get started? It is our very first day of Art Camp and I am super excited! I hope you are too! 

This week, our topic is Animal Adventures, and for our first day we are starting small and exploring our humble pets! Whether you have pets at home or not, we can still be inspired by our lovely domesticated animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea-pigs, goldfish, chickens, hamsters, and perhaps some more unusual characters… For example, we are lucky enough to have a very lovely Leopard Gecko called SuperTed! 


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Warm Up - Animal Collages

To get us warmed up and feeling creative this morning, we are going to start with some animal collages… These can be as simple or as intricate as you would like… 

Maybe you could put your pet into a famous painting, like some of these? Take a look at some more like the Mona Lisa here  from adorable ginger cat Zarathustra and artist, Svetlana Petrova. Aren’t they funny? Give it a try… 

What supplies do you need to do this?

  • Plain paper or card
  • Scissors 
  • Glue or tape 
  • A pen or pencil
  • Drawings or photos of a pet – these could be your own, or you could cut from a magazine, etc. 
  • You could print off an original artwork that you’d like to add your pet to
  • Or if you wanted to add to your pet (like the guinea pig wearing the crown), you might want to draw and cut out the accessories or props
Play around and see what you can create. You don’t have to glue anything straight away, so you could take pictures of the different outcomes, before you decide on your final collage. What funny things can your pet hold or wear? How can your pet change a very serious famous painting? 
 
This is a fun activity with no right or wrong way of completing it! So get your hands and minds busy with creativity, and have lots of fun! 

Want something simpler?

No problem, here are some other collage ideas that may be better for younger children, or for those that just want to do something different… 

Click on each picture for more info and instructions! 

  1. Make a cool newspaper cat or dog, following ArtyCraftyKids post.
  2. Be inspired by Carolyn Gavin and cut animal shapes out of coloured paper. 
  3. Take a look at Denise Fiedler’s wonderful collage work and have a go like 3 Little Pumpkins did. 

What do you need?

  • Plain paper or card
  • Scrap paper, coloured paper or newspaper 
  • Glue 
  • Scissors (though you can tear instead of cut)
  • Anything else you want to add to your collage 

One last bit of inspiration...

I just love Karla Schuster’s collage work, and this close up cat portrait is just beautiful, don’t you think?

Have a look at her work – you may want to return to this later in the day when we do our big project – Pet Portraits! 

Have fun with your warm up collages, and Ill see you again when you are ready, for a dose of artist inspiration… with Romero Britto. 

Don’t forget to share what you make on our Facebook group!

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Katherine is a mixed media artist, art teacher, writer, designer, photographer – and mum of 2 – who works and lives in North Devon, nestled in the woods on a little smallholding. She has a BA in Performance Studies, an MA in Fine Art, and an MFA in photography, alongside a background in early years childhood and special education. Katherine uses her artistic talents, passion for helping people, and unique creativity to create articles, courses and classes that promote creativity, artistic skills, self expression and well-being. She believes in the power of the creative arts and how engaging with them can improve so many aspects of life.
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