These were on the wall:
I immediately thought, "I could do that with a class!"
The next week I had the opportunity.
This is how it came out with third graders:
We made two projects with the one set of pieces. The first was a card for their teacher whose sister just died. She loves art so I knew she'd love this.
This second piece was a mini mural for her classroom display.
Here's how we made them:
-I gave each student a 4"x4" piece of white paper. You can make them any size as long as they are square.
-I gave each table a 3.75" circle pattern and a 1.5" circle pattern to draw two concentric circles on the square. How's that for a math lesson, concentric circles! Gotta love geometry.
I showed them how to use the border around the outside to see if the pattern was centered before tracing.
This is slightly different from the Target art in that I had each student make a whole target shaped picture instead of a large section of a target. It was easier to manage this way and still came out great.
-I showed students how to fill in each section with a different pattern. I warned them against drawing an actual picture because it would get cut up. No families, houses, etc.... Pick a pattern and fill in a section (dots, strips, paisleys, rainbows, etc...), then pick a new one for the next section, etc...
-Next, each student brought me their square and I cut them each into 4ths. I allowed each child to pick one piece to keep, one went on the card, and the other two went on the mural. I had a large sheet of plain black paper ready for the backing and I glued pieces on.
Viola! Some fabulous collaborative art. The teacher loved her card, and now has a new idea for next year's Art Walk and Ice Cream Social Night.