Meghan Coyle Cut Paper Collages with Mrs. Fee!

For our major second quarter project in grade 8, students  in Mrs. Fee’s classes, looked to working artist Meghan Coyle for inspiration.

Objectives: Students will study Meghan Coyle’s collage techniques and respond to questions about her work. They will focus on the role of color and texture in a work of art. Finally, students will create an original paper collage using Coyle’s “painting with paper” technique.

Art Standards:

1.5- Expand the repertoire of 2D and 3D art processes, techniques, and materials, with a focus on the range of effects possible within each medium

2.11- For space and composition, create unified 2D and 3D compositions that demonstrate an understanding of balance, repetition, rhythm, scale, proportion, unity, harmony, and emphasis. Create 2D compositions that give the illusion of 3D space and volume.

5.9- Used published sources, either traditional or electronic, to research a body of work or an artist, and present findings in written or oral form.

Key Terms:

Collage- A technique first used by cubists, such as Picasso and Braque, to build 2D images from fragments of printed paper and cloth incorporated into painting.

Illustration-a picture or image that helps to describe or tell a story. Illustration stresses subject more than form.

Who is Meghan Coyle?

Megan Coyle is a collage artist and illustrator who currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area. She creates collages entirely from magazine strips with a process that she calls “painting with paper.”

(taken from http://mcoyle.com/about/ )

You can explore Meghan Coyle’s fabulous website here.

The eighth graders used her technique to create their own animal portraits. Check out some of Coyle’s animal collages here.

Here are some samples myself and past students have created:




(Sorry about the glare- some have been laminated)

To start this project the class viewed and discussed this Powerpoint. The steps for the process are also outlined in the presentation.

Take a look!

Students at work:





Here are some finished pieces!