Remix: A Lesson in Collaboration

Inspired by the project Value: In terms of Iconography by Mz. Icar featuring Erin Patrice O’Brien presented at Photoville 2020.
Lesson Overview

Students will create a collaborative photo collage around a theme that they decide collectively. They will each contribute a source image to the collage, and pass it along to several peers who will build on their image, responding to prompts that move the image towards abstraction.

Photograph by Mz. Icar, featuring Erin Patrice O’Brien

Learning Objectives
  • Define the terms ‘collaboration,’ ‘collective’, ‘process’, and ‘theme’ as it pertains to the creative process.
  • Collectively discuss and decide on a Theme for their collaborative photo collage inspired by Mz. Icar.
  • Explain their connection to an image through emotion, meaning and creativity.
  • Collaborate by responding and building on an image created by their peers.

The 2020 Photoville Festival Education Month is proudly presented in partnership with PhotoWings, with additional support by the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation


Mary Ann McQuillian, Mz. Icar, Anja Ligtenberg


Jasmin Chang

Featuring photography by

Mz. Icar, featuring Erin Patrice O’Brien

Grade Level

6th – 12th Grade


Visual Art, ELA

Time Required

3 – 6 class sessions

Materials Needed

Source image from each student

Additional Resources

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