Superimposition is an image making strategy that involves placing one component over another – i.e. overlapping or merging some part of an image (old BC curriculum – Visual Arts K-7, 2010)

Superimposition Activity

Artist: Carl Beam, ‘North American Iceburg’, 1985

Materials: Newspaper, construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, pencils black felt pens

Instructions: Cut out a random piece of newspaper at least 10 x 10 cm. in size. Glue it to a piece of coloured construction paper. Read the words that exist there and get a sense of what the article is about. Create an image in pencil of something that represents the content of the article, e.g. tree, hydro wires and poles, bird. Go over the image in black felt pen, overlapping onto background paper if desired. If you wish, add words that express the idea in your newsprint. Elaborate by adding textures and other lines of interest.


I didn’t get a chance to do this activity so have included a piece created by my classmate, Baylie C. It’s a bit blurry but shows the basic idea!