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Assemblage Box

Colorful Design

overview

we can’t resist a diorama. and this version, inspired by artist Betye Saar, is particularly designed around personal objects and storytelling.

30 minutes

maker checklist

  • a small box
  • glues + tapes
  • crafty bits
  • small found objects
  • fabric scraps
  • photos

instructions

1

gather all your collected materials and found objects.

2

cover the inside walls and back of your box to create the background for your college.

3

curate and assemble the found objects in the box, in a composition that is clever and deliberate.

INSPIRATION: Betye Saar
Betye Saar is a Black American visual storyteller who specializes in assemblage, which literally means: a gathering of things. Her work includes found objects that, when placed together, tell a larger story.

You can create your own gathering of things, and explore the personal meaning of the objects you choose.

What objects can you use in your art that represent something bigger? Be thoughtful and creative, and of course, have fun!