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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

The Travels of Marco Polo (1271-1295) Part I: Venice

Polo began his travels in Venice.
For the next few weeks we will be completing a leisurely study of the travels of Marco Polo, discovering the various lands he traveled through somewhat like he discovered them. We will learn about the terrain, the people and the history of the areas as we vicariously travel with Marco Polo. We will also be making a scrapbook of our projects, one page for each place we study.
Our collages of Venice were based on the picture below.

A picture of Venice in the Middle Ages.
This week we began where Polo began -in his hometown of Venice. We looked at pictures of Venice with its canal streets and lovely round topped homes lined closely together.
Using the idea I found at Laugh, Paint, Create we made collage pictures of Venice. Although the project was designed for young children, it is an interesting project for all ages. I cut out squares, triangles, half-circles and the like in advance and put them in piles on the table. After reading about Marco Polo and his getting ready for his adventures, I showed them the above map. Then I set them to work on their collages.

James added a gondola.
Quentin added a waterwheel and a swan to his.
Alex's looked a little more like modern art.
Another option for older students can be this technique found at laugh paint create.

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  1. I just sent a Toot and Puddle in Venice book back to the library, because I couldn't remember why I had ordered it in - but now after seeing your collages I wish I had kept it - your art posts are truly inspiring!

  2. Their collages turned out great! Thank you for linking up this week.

  3. I love all of them. I'm thinking at least one of my kid's projects would look like modern art.

  4. Anonymous29.10.10

    Love the collages! What a great idea! BTW, how do you like ETC Online? I was thinking of checking it out, didn't know they had an online version. I will look for that.

  5. I'm a little late commenting on everyone's geography posts...I love this! We're kind of on the explorer topic right now so this would be great for us!

  6. Anonymous3.11.10

    These collages are beautiful! I spent a good amount of time scrolling up and down, admiring and comparing them. It's a fantastic idea, and you have inspired me to start brewing some new stuff to work on with our kids :-)

  7. These turned out so wonderful. The kids did a great job. Thank you so much for the credit and link! I love your blog! :)



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