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Collage for Kids: Let's Make a Space Dragon With Bits of Paper

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Collage for Kids: Let's Make a Space Dragon With Bits of Paper

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies You Will Need for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Paint Backround

    • 3. Step 2: Collage Space Dragon

    • 4. Step 3: Add Details onto Space Dragon

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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun art project for your child?

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Space Dragon Collage Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 7+.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Paint Background
  • Step 2: Collage Space Dragon
  • Step 3: Add Detail to Space Dragon

Supplies needed for this project:

Let's start creating!

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Em Winn

Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist


Hi. My name is Em Winn and teaching art to children is what I love to do! I pride myself on creating dynamic, meaningful, and engaging art lessons that are taught in a relaxing and joyful way. I have over 20 years teaching experience in the elementary classroom and in the art studio, and I feel that I have a good grasp on how to create a learning environment that makes children feel happy, motivated, confident, and successful. Let the creative fun begin!

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1. Introduction and Supplies You Will Need for This Project: Hey, friends. How are you? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we will be creating this dragon. Yes, this space dragon, this dragon out in space. So if you like dragons And if you like space, then this is the art project for you. We're going to be using something called collage. And what that is, basically is gluing little bits of paper that we cut down on to this larger piece of paper . So let me tell you what supplies and materials you will need to be successful in this class . The first thing that you'll need is you will need a piece of black paper. It could be large black paper or small black paper, but you need to have black paper for this to have the same look. You'll also need some different types of paper that we're going to make our space dragon out of. And these little bits of paper are some examples that we're going to cut. The lighter the paper, the better. This is pretty light paper. It's just colored copy paper. So that is a perfect size and wait for you to use how you will also need some glue. Glue is important so we can glue down our little pieces of paper after we cut them. You can use this type of glue or this type of glue. In this project. I use this type of glue, and it worked out very well. You will also need some scissors, some safety kids scissors to cut your paper. You will also need a marker for designs. You also need some white tempera paint. If you don't have white, any light color will work. Maybe like a a yellow or light orange. That would be cool as well, or I've even seen some glow in the dark paid. That would be really neat. So you'll need some paint. You will need a paintbrush. We're going to be flicking some paint with their paintbrush today. Annual Need a paper plate and you will also need a paper towel. Paper tell is handy when it comes to little spills and messes, and then it's always smart to have a mat underneath our art area, and that way we can make sure that we keep everything neat and tidy. So I'm glad you're here with me. Let's get started 2. Step 1: Paint Backround: already friends. So the first thing that we're going to do for our Space Dragon project is we are going to paint our paper with some stars. And the way that we're going to get the stars on our paper is we're going to put a little bit of our white paint are white acrylic paint onto our palate. We're going to dip our pay brush into that paint, get quite a bit of pain on there, and then you're going to take your finger and be warned Your finger's gonna get a little bit pain T, but the effect will be worth it. So what you're going to do is you're going to rub your paint brush against your finger, and you're going to kind of flick it like this going to flick it, and I hope you can see this on the video. But what we will see is you will see that there are little stars. You're not really started to really paint, but we're going to pretend like they're stars. So this is how you get stars on your paper. So you just keep flicking that paint until you are happy with the number of stars on your paper. And like I said, you might not be able to see my stars very well, but I can sure see them. This could get a little bit messy, too. So make sure that you're pointing down onto your paper. You don't want to be pointing this way at your friend or your sister or the carpet. You need to make sure that it's down pointing okay, and then it after you get but just the right amount of paint on your paper, then you can stop. So I'm going to do just a couple more on. I'm going to rinse out my brush and I'm going to wash off my finger. And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to let this part of my painting dry before I begin putting the pieces of paper on before I begin constructing my space dragon. All right, I'll see you back here after my paper is all nice and dry. 3. Step 2: Collage Space Dragon: alrighty, friends. So the first thing that you'll want to do is you will want to cut some strips from your colorful paper. And we are going to build our dragon, our Space dragon, from these strips. So what I've done ahead of time because I had cut some strips already and put them into a little pile over here on my left. And the reason why I did that is because I want to show you that you need a little bit of a pile going in. That way, when you're gluing things down, you can just start picking them up and gluing them down, picking them up and gluing them down without having to stop and cut more strips. So what we're going to do is we're going to make a space dragon, and with your finger, you can decide the shape of your space dragon. So I'd like my space dragon to have a loop, and I like his tail to start here, his body to go in a loop and then his head end up here. It might not turn out exactly like that. I'm not quite sure, but I'm going to be happy with whatever I get, I'm sure. So we are going to start with the tail, and I'd like my tail to start right here. And the reason why is because the weight of the papers are put down. There will be a lot more sloppiness to the dragon if we go backwards. Okay, let me show you what I mean. This is going to be my dragon's tail, and I'm going to cut some shapes out of this piece of paper that I would like my tail to be . So I'm going to grab my glue and I'm going to put a small dot of glue down, and then I'm going to put my tail right there. The glue dot does not have to be huge. It can be very, very small now for the next one. What we're going to do is right on the edge of this of this piece of paper. We're going to put another dot of glue. And the trick is we want the glue dot to be between the paper and the space paper. The black paper. All right, so that's our dot of glue. And with this one, I'm going to put some feathery cuts here on the edge of the paper. And then I'm going to go like this. And that will make the dragon kind of look like he has feathers. So I'm going to put this overlapping. And the French part, the part that looks like a feather is going to go towards the back. Okay, so then I put another dog, and I want to make sure that the dot goes between the colored piece of paper and the black , All right? And then I'm going to take a different color, make a design on the edge, and then glue it down just like that. See how that works. Put a dot of glue, make a design on the edge of the paper, and then glue it down. All right, So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take a couple of minutes and I'm going to create the shape of my space dragon. And let's see if we can end up back about right here. And if you'd like to watch me do this, you can feel free, feel welcome to do that or otherwise. You can get started on your gluing and you're cutting. I will be back in just a couple of minutes already. Friends. I'm back And I did it. I did it! I did it! I made a loop. The loop Dragon from space. 4. Step 3: Add Details onto Space Dragon: So what you're going to do now is you're going to adds a little details. Wherever you see, you'd like to add details, for example, this is my dragon's face. So I'd like to make sure that he looks vicious. And so what I'm going to dio is I'm going to make a mouth that looks vicious. Okay, there's some teeth going on there and maybe an eye, maybe a nostril flaring nostril. What I'd also like to do is I'd like to put a few designs on some of my little pieces of paper. You're not every single one of them, but if you could see some that you'd like to put a few designs on, that's always a good idea to give a little bit more detail. So some stripes, some patterns, maybe some triangles, anything that you like. All right, I'm just giving you some examples. You can take your time on this, put a few dots there, and then when you might also want to do, you'll have some scraps leftover. You do some cutting and you might want to put some feet some legs so you can have him come out in a crazy way. I don't know. Maybe a leg would go right here. So use a small bead of glue and my people maybe put a leg there and a leg here. I think that would look good. And then maybe I'll put some closer to his head as well. Those could be its back legs. And then maybe I could put one coming out this way and one coming out this way with my little strips of paper here if you want to put horns on him. He liked to put some different type of details that you that you see in dragons. If you really like Dragon, some people really like dragons. You might want to put a crown on his head. Maybe you could go like this to make this kind of a crown, maybe with some feathery type things on it, and then glue it down like this. That might be cool. Oh, that looks meat. Oh, you know what I just thought of to You could make some fire. If you like him to be a fire breathing dragon, you could make some fire. And when I make fire, I just do some cuts. Um, squiggly lines that come out like this. Not too careful about it. Up and down with some Kirby and squiggly lines. I didn't even outline it. I just started cutting like this. He likes to have some fire coming out of his mouth like that. Who? I think that looks cool. So I'm gonna put a little bit of glue down like that. And as you know, the glue will dry. So if you get a little bit of extra, that's OK. And I kind of like how it sticks up like that. All right, so let's move. All these little pieces of paper aside. Oh, wait a minute. Look at this. Look what I found in my scraps. I found some triangles. Look at those. We could put those somewhere. I could I could glue maybe over here. Because I do know that sometimes dragons have those spikes on their back. So maybe I'll do that. If I could pick that one up, something like this. I'm just trying to give you ideas, and then you can go with it. Okay, So a lot of people do create art with scissors and paper. And this is just one thing that you could do with scissors and paper in a little bit of glue. So I hope you enjoyed this project and I look forward to seeing in the next one. Thanks. Bye.