Art Idea: Construction Paper Collage

May 1, 2014 by

Art Idea: Construction Paper Collage
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Two weeks ago, we needed an Art Night project-fast. Most classrooms were having students do individual projects, but my class does it’s best work when everyone is working towards a common goal. I usually do this project the first week of school, so the kids remembered it and wanted to rework it for the show.

Enter: the construction paper collage!

The first step is to choose the picture you want your students to create with their collage. For the first week of school, I choose the mascot for my school. My current (and hopefully forever!) school has the Otter as our mascot. For Art Night, we chose a butterfly-our town is known as Butterfly Town, USA.

Art idea: construction paper collage! -sproutclassrooms.com

Project the picture onto your front board and then trace it onto a large piece of butcher paper, or pieces of poster board. I used four large poster boards for our Art Night project. Now you should have the entire picture traced onto your paper/poster board. Inside each part of the traced picture, write a letter to symbolize the color of that area. You are essentially creating a paint-by-number type of art.

Art idea: construction paper collage! -sproutclassrooms.com

Now cut your pieces of paper/poster into pieces. I have 22 students, so I cut my posters into sixths, and two students did an extra piece.

Art idea: construction paper collage! -sproutclassrooms.com

Lastly, number the backs of the pieces in order, so when the students give them back to you finished, you can quickly put them up on the board in their correct spot.

Art idea: construction paper collage! -sproutclassrooms.com

Now the pieces are ready to be handed out to the students! Each student will take their piece, examine their color symbols and grab the construction paper they need. They will then tear up the paper into small pieces and start filling in the outlines with it.

Art idea: construction paper collage! -sproutclassrooms.com

As students are finishing up their pieces, you can begin to hang them on the board or wall. At the beginning of the year, I don’t tell them what the design is and I make them work as a team to piece it together. For this activity, they knew it was a butterfly because we chose the design together. They still got a kick out of seeing it come together, though!

Art idea: construction paper collage! -sproutclassrooms.com

Art idea: construction paper collage! -sproutclassrooms.com

You can see it matches up REALLY close when you project the original picture over the collage pieces!

Art idea: construction paper collage! -sproutclassrooms.com

Once finished, I took down the pieces of posterboard and attached them to large sheets of foam board. I then taped those together, set it on an easel and entered it into the Art Night. It was huge and gorgeous and we had tons of compliments. And while there were no awards, I had a parent donate a large sum of money to the classroom in exchange for the privilege to hang this on her dining room wall. Can’t beat that!

Art idea: construction paper collage! -sproutclassrooms.com

I absolutely recommend this project, regardless of the time of year. It’s a fabulous team building experience, the kids love the outcome and it’s a gorgeous visual to hang inside or outside of the classroom! I’d love to see pictures if you try this your room!

Katie

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