The past couple months I have been running an after school art class inspired by the art of James Rizzi with 3rd and 4th graders. One project that I was excited to try was magnetic paintings. Since I had a small class of 12 students it was feasible.
First we looked at some of Mr. Rizzi’s magnetic paintings (Click Here). What is neat about these paintings is that the viewer can interact with the work. There is a background and then several magnetic pieces that can be rearranged to make different pictures.
Students used a 12x18 piece of tag board and made a background. On each back corner we added a strip of magnet. Then using poster board the students drew and cut out accessories. Each item also had magnets put on the back. Then the students arranged their picture on a magnetic surface.
Below are my students’ examples…
If I did this project in the future I would try to use stronger magnets. At times we had trouble getting the small pieces to stick. Overall, I thought it was a good project, and exposed the kids to new kind or art form.
Soon, I will be sharing my students' Skype interview with James Rizzi. Once, I get the huge file to upload to YouTube