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Amy Tingle “She Said, She Said, She Said: A Collage Collective”

“She Said, She Said, She Said” Lesson Plan


Grade: (9-12) High School
Subject Area: Visual Arts
Topic/Theme: Healing

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize the ways in which artists are impacted by their experiences and how it reflects in their work.
  • Identify key elements used in the artwork such as subject matter, materials, color, etc. that correlate with the overall theme.
  • Design their own collage by thinking through their own emotions/feelings of going through a pandemic.
National Learning Standards/State Standards

National Standards:

VA: Re.7.1.Ia Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.

VA: Re.7.2.Ia Analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery.

State Standards:

VAHSAD.CR.2 Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan and create applied design art products and designs.

VAHSAD.CN.1 Develop personal artistic voice through connecting uses of art within a variety of cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts.

Questions for Viewing
  • Describe the way in which the object is decorated. Why might the artist use the subject matter of doors?
  • What strategies did the artist use to unify the piece?
  • What aspect of the design do you find most successful? Why?
  • Why might have the artist chosen to make the artwork interactive?
  • Are there any noticeable motifs or metaphors being used?

Activity Setting: Classroom


  • 8 ½” by 11” white paper,
  • 98lbs Canson Mixed Media Paper (9×12),
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Colored pencils
  • Magazines
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Water cups
  • Paper towels
  • Non-traditional materials such as newspapers, old books, yarn, beads, etc.

Subject Areas: Visual Arts

Duration: Approximately 1 hour.

After viewing the exhibit, think about how your own life has been impacted from Covid-19. On a small piece of scratch paper write down your feelings on this past year. Tell a story, write a poem, or even make a list of things that happened or emotions you felt. Once finished, put this to the side.

Now, on your 9×12 mixed media paper, create your own door on the front of the paper. Make sure to draw the door as big as the paper including any details you would like. Maybe your door has a window or panels. Maybe your door has a custom door knocker or wreath. Add color using paint or colored pencils.

On the back of your paper, begin collaging your white paper onto the back with glue. Add collage materials that relate to your work and create a cohesive message about your experience and feelings.