Collage is the ultimate playful technique . . . . When you put it all together, you create something new. It is really about trial and error . . . about trying things and making mistakes. It’s about forgiving yourself when you make mistakes, and playfulness lets you do that. —Hanoch Piven, “Living in a Playful Collage” Hanoch Piven, an internationally known collage-caricature artist, visited Omaha, Nebraska, to conduct arts-based workshops for families, teachers, and children. The workshops were organized by the Omaha Family Literacy Partnership (OFLP). The partnership promotes literacy learning among children and their families through community activities such as author and illustrator visits, family book celebrations, storytelling events, book distributions, and puppet shows. The OFLP invited Piven, an author and illustrator of children’s books, because of his connection to literacy. Playful explorations with objects is his method of creating art, and this method was the focus of the workshops.
McWilliams, M. Susan; Vaughns, Ashley Brailsford; O'Hara, Anne; Novotny, Loretta S.; and Kyle, Theodora Jo, "Art Play: Stories of Engaging Families, Inspiring Learning, and Exploring Emotions" (2014). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 94.