Musical Collages

Musical Collages

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Toddlers and preschoolers were introduced to Keith Haring by reading the book Pop Warhol's Top by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo and looking at photos of Keith Haring and his artworks. Afterwards, the children used various materials to make their own musical mixed media collages.


To have the children to work on their eye-hand coordination skills and to introduce Keith Haring to the two age groups.


The book: Pop Warhol's Top by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo and photos of Keith Haring and his artworks.


Keith Haring - like cut-outs
Glitter (for only the preschoolers)
Star stickers
Dot Art makers
Glue and paint brushes
Construction paper
Foam paper cut-outs
Wooden shape pieces


The children began their collages by drawing with chalk and markers on construction paper to have a graffiti-like background. Afterwards, Keith Haring -like cut-outs were handed to the children to decorate with dot art markers and glitter ( the preschool students used the glitter). The cut-outs were then glued onto the graffiti backgrounds. Extra strips of construction paper were used to add a 3-dimensional look and feel to their collages. This was done by folding, balling up and crinkling the strips of paper. This step was also used to encourage the toddlers to work on their fine motor skills. Star stickers, wooden shape pieces and foam paper cut-outs were used to make musical instruments and boom boxes.




7 Responses to Musical Collages

  1. Alexandra says:

    What a wonderful project to inspire young kids to leanr about new artists!

  2. Olivia says:

    What a fun projects for toddlers. Will give it a try for my Mommy and Me classes.

  3. elizabeth says:

    I think that the final product images imply that the lesson was successful and they look great. My question is why is it called musical collage? I don’t see any musical instruments or notes.

    • Dutchess-Venita Adomakoh says:

      Hi Elizabeth – we do have musical instruments in our collages. one has a yellow sax ( seen in the 3rd collage). also there is the boom box and various abstract drums and guitars. thanks for your question and comment.

  4. Rebecca Demorte says:

    Love this idea! Its great to use postive role models for inspiration.
    Great concept to learn about art as well as the Artist
    Will use this technique real soon

    • Dutchess-Venita Adomakoh says:

      Thank you Rebecca- it was a fun project and the toddlers and preschoolers who did the project enjoyed listening to music from the 80s.

  5. Kelly says:

    Wow! What a great and colorful project. A great way to introduce Keith Haring to toddlers and preschoolers.

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