Art Inspired by the Book, Where Oliver Fits

Children’s books has always been one of my favorite sources of inspiration for art projects and was a big part of my art curriculum when I used to teach.

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We recently picked up the book, Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson, from our local library and I fell in love with it immediately. It’s a wonderful book about a puzzle piece trying to find its way and to fit in but, ultimately, discovers that he can stay true to himself. I love this message and knew that it would be a perfect book for a coordinating art activity.

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We made these mixed media collages with the following materials:

See our steps below.

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1) We started by painting our puzzle pieces with tempera. *Tip- we painted the backs of the pieces, rather than the slick side. Also, mix in a little white paint with your colors to make them more opaque and show up on the brown cardboard.

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2) While our puzzle pieces dried, we painted our wood pieces with liquid watercolor. The dry wood absorbs the watercolor quickly and looks great when it soaks in.

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3) When our wood was dry, we added a layer of designs with firm chalk pastels. I like to use this kind when I want to avoid the chalk dust and smudging like regular chalk pastels.

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4) Our final step was adding our puzzle pieces, along with some pony beads for added decoration.

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