First graders have been working on castle collages. This is a three part project, and we’re nearly finished! First, students used watercolor to paint large sheets of paper with a variety of colors. We also used salt and oil pastels in order to experience the different ways these materials interact with the watercolor. Then, we made drawings of castles to have a rough draft to guide our castle collages. Students came up with some incredibly imaginative castles! There were castles on volcanos, castles made of ice, castles with zip lines, and castles made of candy. Finally, I cut the watercolor paper into chunks and students began collaging their castles. My best piece of advice for students is to imagine their castle is made of dozens and dozens of different shapes. You have to identify them and decide how to combine them to re-create the whole castle. We also used Sharpies for small details and crayons for extra coloring.