Understanding Setting through Creating Habitat Collages


To further develop their understanding of their mask character the class continued to work on their characters’ habitat. Through making these collages the students should be able to convey where and how their mask characters live. Ana discussed that when creating the collage a person looking at it should be able to understand important information about these mask characters. For instance, does a mask character like to live by the water, to fly, survive where it’s hot or cold, prefer to live high up in a forest or a mountain. What does your mask character like to eat and drink? Does your mask character have any friends?

Audrey just began her collage. But you can already tell what a warm and friendly environment her mask character inhabits

Talia's mask

Talia's mask would feel right at home in the aquatic habitat that she created for it.

Cyben wanted to convey so much information about his character's habitat that he used 7 sheets of paper!

 Some students also chose to create mixed media collages-which means that besides using paper, they could paint and draw onto their collages as well.

By Adam's smile you can tell he is proud of how he combined his drawings with his magazine images for his collage.

Mira chose to highlight her collage with painted details, and construction paper combined with magazine images. Because of the contrast between the paper and the images, the eyes really stand out for great effect.

Also this week the students were given the option to create their habitats in 3-D using cardboard. Some students chose to combine their 2-D collages with 3-D elements.

Peggy chose to highlight the food her mask character ate by mounting the grape image on cardboard. Her collage also demonstrates a good understanding of foreground and background

Callae also chose to incorporate a 3-D dwelling into her drawing of her mask character's habitat.

Some students chose to construct their mask character’s habitat entirely in 3-D.

Josh beginning to paint his volcano. Underneath the sheets of paper is a cardboard infrastructure.


Josh's fully painted volcano. He really worked hard creating his 3-D habitat-both inside and out.

Sam A. skillfully created a collage using a 3-D structure in the foreground and a very detailed 2-D collage in the background.


 The students really rose to the challenge of exploring a new material by displaying creativity and innovation.

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