I do this project with my first graders every year to help them understand the concept of positive and negative shapes. This project also teaches symmetry and offers important practice in cutting on a fold and applying glue. First graders are often surprised by the shapes they see when they unfold their papers — they […]
Tag Archives | collage
You can learn a lot about a culture from its art work! On my recent trip to Haiti, I learned that the Haitian people are both resilient and resourceful. Their resourcefulness is easily seen in their artwork, especially these collaged note cards that they make and sell, using local organic materials to create simple scenes […]
My 2nd graders used these whimsical flowers for their Mother’s Day cards this year, but you could also make a colorful garden picture while teaching the concepts of symmetry and layering. Attaching the blossoms with layers of double stick foam tape gives a fun 3D effect that unfortunately doesn’t show up well in this picture! […]
This is a project I do every year with my Kinders for Easter. It requires a bit more prep than usual, but it’s a great way to reinforce the concept of symmetry.… plus they look beautiful hanging in the windows! 1. Fold a piece of 12x18 black construction paper in half vertically (lengthwise).2. Make a […]
When Matisse was elderly and too weak to stand at his easel, he began making collages with cut paper, which he called “drawing with scissors”. Henri Matisse, a French artist (1869–1953) known for his originality and strong use of color, was one of the most important artists of the 20th century and a leader in […]
“Name Alien” by Robert Here’s a fun symmetry project that I adapted from another really old book, “Paper Designs” by Jerome C. Brown. It’s out of print, but can still be found through used book sellers. When students are comfortable with writing their names in cursive, they are ready for this project.… I do this […]
This project is similar to the last one I posted, but this one has a mirror image that works vertically as well as horizontally. It’s really not that much more difficult, especially if you’ve already done the first one, but it’s definitely impressive! (Both are adapted from the book Wild & Wonderful Art Lessons by […]
Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I'm a big fan of kids' artwork! For the last 20+ years, I've had the privilege of teaching art to kids from kindergarten through high school.... in public, private, charter, and homeschool settings. Now I'm focusing on mentoring other teachers through demos, workshops, and sharing lessons and more on my blog. I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe) and the willingness to have fun! Over the years, I’ve developed hundreds of successful, classroom-tested art lessons for kids, and all the tips, methods, and strategies to go along with them! My passion now is to make all this available to classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and grandparents.… to anyone who wants to share the joy of ART with the kids in their life!
Teach Kids Art began in August 2008 as a way for me to share my lessons, tips, and ideas for teaching art with other teachers. As Teach Kids Art has grown over the years, it has truly been a labor of love…. all the content I share here is free!
To help support this site, I use affiliate links. This means that when you shop at Amazon.com (or through another affiliate link) by clicking through my site, I will earn a portion of the sale, at no cost to you. (This applies to any product you buy from an affiliate when you click through my site, not just the products I feature.) If you’d like to show your support for Teach Kids Art, this is a great way to do it! And by the way, I only ever link to or promote products that I have used and really love!
You may also visit my store at TEACHERS Pay TEACHERS where I sell convenient, detailed pdf’s of my lessons. I’ll continue to add more pdf’s there as I am able to.
I hope you find this site helpful. Your comments are always appreciated! Thanks for visiting!!