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Homeschool Art: Mixed-media Paper Collage for Children

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Prep and Info

    • 3. Collage

    • 4. Line

    • 5. Preschool: How to Build Your Collage

    • 6. Elementary: How to Build Your Collage

    • 7. Middle School: How to Build Your Collage

    • 8. Painting Your Collage

    • 9. Describe Your Work

    • 10. Review

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

This class is created for families who home school. This class is the first of many created to help families incorporate art into their home school curriculum. Lessons have been created to meet the different skill levels of students in preschool, elementary school, and middle school. 

Parents the intro and class prep sections are for you. These sections cover the supplies you will need, how to set up your work space, and how to pick the right section for your students.

Students will learn about: 

  • Collage: What is a collage? What are the different types of collage?
  • Lines: What is a line? How to create lines.
  • Building a paper collage.
  • Painting a collage


Students will create several mixed-media line drawings and then use those line drawings to create a collage. They will post their final projects in the project section.


Students will review what they learn. There is a worksheet/quiz that students can use to make sure they have learned the basic skills covered in this class.


  • 12”x17” poster board (or larger); cutting a large poster board in half or quarters will work
  • 5-7 sheets of drawing or printer paper
  • 3-4 sheets of construction paper – different colors (optional)
  • Crayons, markers, sharpened colored pencils, different color ink pens
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue sticks or bottles
  • Scissors

A list of supplies for this class has been provided in the resource section if you would like to print it.

Additional resources to help enhance students learning during this class have also been provided.

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Alicia Robinson

Think creatively!!


Hi, I am Alicia. I am a wife, a mother, and an artist.  I have a degree in early childhood education and have almost 17 years of experience working with children from birth to middle school.  I worked for three years in a child development center floating from age group to age group until I settled in the infant room for the last year.

I used the knowledge from school and the experience I gained working with children to create a creative learning environment for my two kids during their preschool years. I developed lesson plans that incorporated art into each subject they learned. My children started preschool knowing everything they needed for the first few grades of elementary school. After they started school, I continued to teach them on weekends and over the summer... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Alicia Robinson. I'm an early childhood educator, a wife and a mother. I'm also an artist, and over the past few months, I have been building my portfolio and selling my work online. After talking to several of my friends who are homeschool parents, I've decided that I would help them out by making a home school our class. So today, in this art class, we're gonna be talking about kalash on our final project will be a kalash that we create when using the things that we've learned. The first thing we're going to talk about his kalash, the types of collage. And then we'll move into lines and line drugs because we're gonna use the line drawings the week create to build our kalash. And after we built our kalash, then we can use paint and draw another picture on top of for this class, there are several supplies that you will need on the supplies are as follows. You will need a 12 inch by 17 inch posterboard or larger, the larger the better because it gives you more space toe work and you can see it a lot better if you buy a regular sized poster board and cut it in half. That will give you the perfect size that you need. You will need both of those haves. If you want to do the composition part that will come later on. We'll get into that later on. You will also need 5 to 7 sheets of drawing or printer paper. You need 3 to 4 sheets of construction paper of different colors. This is optional. You only crowns markers, sharpened colored pencils and different color in pens. You will also need to pour or acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is not washable, so you'll have to make sure you're wearing stuff that is okay if it gets pain on it. Paintbrushes, glue sticks or glue bottles and sisters. So now we've talked about supplies. Let's talk about prepped for the class to begin with, I recommend getting a tablecloth or newspapers or something to cover your workspace with, because we will be using glue and paint. And there will be water when we get to the paint for your kids and yourself, a print or an old T shirt or play clothes that you don't mind if they get paint on for the first part of the project. You will need your drawing utensils, your crayons, markers, um, in pens, whatever you choose to use your scissors, your glue sticks and those 5 to 7 pieces of white paper. Andrew Construction paper. For the second part of this class, you'll need your paint, your paintbrushes and your water. So if you want to go ahead and get those supplies ready and set them aside for when we get to that part of the project, that would be good, so you don't have to stop and go get them at the end. 2. Class Prep and Info: Now that we've talked about supplies, let's talk about prepping for the class. I suggest getting a tablecloth, newspapers or something to cover your workspace to protect your table. I also recommend going ahead and getting yourself and your Children in an apron on old T shirt or play clothes that you don't mind getting paint on. For the first part of this class, you will need your different mediums so your crayons, your colored pencils, the things that you're going to use for drawing. You'll need your white paper, your construction paper, your scissors and you're glue. For the second part of this class, you will need the paint, paint, brushes and water and those you can set aside for when we get to that spot. But it's good to have him now so that you don't have toe rush and get them in a little bit . You will also notice that in the video section of this class, there are three videos labeled preschool elementary school and middle school. Each one of those is designed for the age group that it's called, that it's labeled so in the pre school group. It is for younger Children, and it's very simple instructions. The elementary video is a little bit more detailed, and then the middle school class will be even more detail from there. So whatever age your kids are picked, the one that suits them 3. Collage: What is the Kalash Ah, collages, basically taking various materials and pasting them onto a A single surface types of materials you can use for collage. Our newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, movie tickets, pieces of drawings, pieces of construction paper. You can also use leaves, twigs, acorns. There's all kinds of various types of material you can use for clash. The different types of collage, our paper, collage, fabric, paint, nature and mosaics. A paper collages using strips of tor nor cut paper to create an image on a surface. A fabric collage is the process of using strips or scraps of fabric to create an image on a flat surface. Instead of sowing the fabric together to create a quilt, A painting collage is where you paint different patterns and colors on the surface and then cut or tear these paintings and rearrange them on a new surface to create a new image. A nature collage is where you use things found in nature like leaves, twigs, acorns, grass bark from trees, anything like that to create an image on a flat surface. A mosaic is a decoration of a surface with designs made up of closely set, usually variously colored small pieces of materials, such a stone, mineral glass tile or show 4. Line: Now we're going to talk about line Linus, a mark on a surface that joins different points. They can vary in length with direction and shape. Let's practice making lines. So to begin with, let's my guard dots on our paper. So let's just put some dogs on our paper. It doesn't really matter where. Just put some dots. Now let's make a thin line from connecting two of the dots so we'll do a thin line there now. Between here, let's make a thick line. Here's a thicker line, so see, we have a thin line and a decline. Now we can do a curvy line between these. Two can go like this. Now we can change direction so we can make an angle. So now we're connecting dots. So we're connected. Three dots here. Now we can make shapes so we can draw straight lines, and if we want to, we can go back in. We can thicken a line here. You can think in a line here, so now we have too thin lines and too thick lines. We can also do that with the curvy line so we could make a curvy line and then we can come back and we can stick in one end of it, and we can think in different parts of it. So now we have a line that goes thick to fit to medium thin, to thicker. And then to them, all of these types of lines we're gonna practice in our line drawings. 5. Preschool: How to Build Your Collage: So now that we've talked about little collages what lines are and how to create line drawings, we're gonna put all of that to practice. So I have my work station set up and 1/2 on my apron, and we're gonna start by making our line drawings. So we're gonna take our white paper, and we're going to take any of our mixed media writing utensils and we're going to color lines so we can dio thick line a thin line. We can make patterns of any kind. And we're gonna fill in all of these pages so we could make shapes were just connecting gods. So we've got all kinds of shapes. Weekend, um, take our markers and just draw circles all over. This is really a time for your kids toe, have a good time and play around and make a big mess on their papers. And if you want to pause right now to give them a few minutes to finish coloring all five of their paper pieces of paper, then we'll move on to the next section. I already have some drawn and everything because this is where we'll start tearing them apart. So now once that made their drawings, you can have them practice cutting with scissors because preschoolers need to start practicing with scissors or I couldn't just let them hear their sheets. It's whatever they prefer, whatever you would like for them to do. And then we can move on to making our kalash. So once they've drawn all of their drawings and they've tourney all of their pages up, if they just want to use thes, that's fine. If they want to incorporate the color, the construction paper in it, that's a spine as well. My son made one earlier. For me, that is only with the line drawings. So this is perfectly fine to I'm gonna show you now how to glue it down. So after everything is torn up, just lay your paper down and then you take your blue stick or your clue in the bottles. If you have blue bottles, I suggest pouring some of it into a small dish and letting them use an old paintbrush to spread it, because that helps prevent big blobs of glue right underneath their paper. Because sometimes that tears and makes a big mess. But then I need just like them glue and lay them down. Work ever. They I would like they can do big strips across the entire thing. They can fill him with all different colors. The ultimate goal is to fill your entire shape with your line drawings. This is the base of your Kalash. They can also leave it just like this if they want to. But after the next to videos for elementary and middle school, there is going to be a painting video to show you how to design and paint on here, if you would like. 6. Elementary: How to Build Your Collage: Now that we're done talking about collage and line and we've practiced creating line drawings, it's time to start building our collage. So the first step in building our collage is creating our line drawings. So that's what the white paper is for. On on the white paper. You get to create patterns and shapes anything you really want, using the lines that you learned about. I just recommend not making really detailed pictures because these papers are going to be torn up to build the collage. So to get started with these, you have your mixed media selection right here, your crayons and markers, and just choose whatever you like. If you want to use purple and bread, then you can start creating a pattern so you could dio a thin line and then come in with a sticker line and then create a pattern all the way across your paper. So say, I have created a pattern with a thin on a thick line, and you can continue that all the way across the paper. If you would like where you can come in with a different riding a drawing utensil and make curly lines curvy lines, you can get shapes, just circles. And here, this is up to you. This is where you get to play and have a good time and enjoy just making a mess on these papers. I've created patterns on some of mine. Um, this was using Oh, this was only crayon. And then I made this pattern and I put a son in one of my collages, which we'll see in just a moment. So I made it orange and yellow. And you see, I did thick lines and thin lines, and then I came back in with thick lines to create a pattern. I also just did some squid lease. So see a Dick Kirby's squiggly lines on these and these are gonna be torn up and created, and you can create shapes out of the making wants. So those are your line drawings. So if you want to pause the video and take a few moments to finish filling in your long your line drawings and then you can come back and finish the rest of the clash. So now that we have all of our line drawings drawn, this is the time when we get to tear them all up, so I already have some of mine already torn up. So I have lots of these lines and draw and papers that are already twin up. And this is when we get to start building the Kalash. So we have two examples, this one I created with the blue paper or the Coke construction paper, as well as my line drawings, and I incorporated them together to create a sky and the ground with flowers. I also did this one as an example, which is the same sky and flowers. But I did it in a different way so you can choose to cut your paper. You can make it into shapes, or you could just stick it on top of each other. There is also another option that you can do if you would like, and that is to just take all of your line drawings and fill in the paper with your line drawings, because then we can come back and paint a picture. On top of that, you also can use your construction paper to create a pattern on the on your paper as well, so you could take your complementary colors like purple and yellow because complimentary are opposite each other on the color will, and orange and blue and red and green. I can get a hold of so then you could over left thes onto your papers. Well, if you want and create complementary contrast ing images on your paper and then you can come back in and lay your line drawings on top and create just a big composition of a mixed variety of colors and things like that, this process is entirely up to you. You can make patterns, you can make images and pictures, or you could just do it all in the construction paper and then put your, um, line drawings on top. So say you wanted to make a snake and you wanted to put a pattern Bulow with your complementary colors. So we'll do a complementary color pattern on the bottom, and then you wanted to come in and use this paper, and you could tear it up and create the snake like shape. And then you could come in when you're ready to paint an outline that snake and paint or draw other things with the pain as well. So take some time, finish your collages and then we'll come back and talk about how to paint on top of them. 7. Middle School: How to Build Your Collage: matter. We've talked about collage and lines, and we've practiced making lines. It's time to start working on our project on the first part of this project is to create line drawings so you can take your white paper and any of your selected mediums. So it's a mixed media collage, so we have various medium and start making lines on your paper. Thes can be patterns or shapes or squiggly lines. If you want your collage to be of garden, maybe you'll choose colors to make your line drawing settle match flowers. So maybe we want to make a purple flower. So then we can take our purple marker or crayon, and we can start creating circles on our paper and we can create a pattern. Maybe we want some of those circles to be thicker so that we can come in and we can dio Staker circles. So now we're using thin line circles and thicker lines circles to create a pattern. You can fill this in all across your page. You can also come back in and use. Maybe you want peak in the middle so that you could take a pink crayon on fill in some of your circles, but the put the purpose of this is to cover all of your paper in different types of lines. So maybe now we want to come in, and we want to box this off. When you do that with some different colored colored pencils, maybe want to create another box over here, I want to put squares. Maybe we want to put some triangles in with. It's entirely up to you how you want a filling your papers with line drawings. I have already created some, So if you can see in this one, it's all squiggle. Ease with light colors. I've created a pattern with this one. There's some thick lines and some thin lines and different shapes. This one. I just took different color lines and did squiggly lines across this month. And then this one, I created a pattern with thick orange, thin orange and then yellow stripes. So it's your time to play around and create any kind of line drawing that you want. With these, I would stick with just patterns or lines because they are gonna be torn up cut. So if you do a nice detail drawing, you won't see it on your kalash. Um, if you want to pause here and take time to finish filling in your papers, then you can come back when you're done and we'll finish. So the next part of this will be to tear up your paper so you'll take your drawings that you've created, and C I've cut some shapes out of here already. That was for a different project that you'll see in a minute. But you can also start tearing them if you would like into strips. If you have an idea in mind for what you want your picture to be, you can cut the shapes out. I created this collage using the green paper, and I cut it and the pattern paper, this one is not finished because I'm gonna pain on top of it. But you can tear them like this, or you can just hair all of your paper like this and just create an image like this and I'll show you how I did this in just a second. Or if you want to just do all of your line drawings, you can tear up your line drawings and then we can create a clash like this, so that's up to you. But this is the fun time to tear your paper and get ready for your next step. So and we will already have some strips for, So I'm gonna show you how to make the cautious the basis. If you just want the base to be of your line, drawn your line drawings. All you have to do is take your line drawings and in any strips that you have, and you can glue them onto your paper however you choose. And this will be your background for painting on top if you would like. Now, if you want to use your construction paper with this, then you can tear your construction paper and a so I would have some tour and you can start filling in on top of this, and it doesn't really matter where you put them. If you have an idea of what you want to paint on top of it, then you can just paint that on top of however you create your background if you want to do more specific picture, I did thescore I in the ground with flowers. Then you can take various colors of the same blue or green and tear those up. And so what? I drove us just toward my green, my blue, and created square some shapes. Then I just scattered them. Conclude them down with my glue stick That must have rolled off the table, um, and spread them out to create the sky. So there you just blew down in the pattern that you want, and then you have your sky and I did the same with the green, much of two different greens, and I well, in the one, I cut my pattern that's laying here somewhere. I cut this pattern, and I created lines to make it look like grass. But you don't have to do it that way. You can just various materials. Um, that's one way to do a collage. Another way to do a collage is to you. Sure, paper your line drawings, and you can do complementary color construction paper, so complementary colors or the colors that are opposite each other on the color will so red and green, purple and yellow and blue and orange. And if you want to do something like this, you can do you strips your colors where you can cut it. If you would prefer to have actual cut pieces instead of dragon edges, you can try your scissors and then okay, some of this and you can do the same with all of your colors so that you have some strips of each one. Then you can create a pattern on your collage so you can put a blue strip and an orange strip, which I should have cut with scissors. But and then you can incorporate your line drawings in a swell so you can create something like this, and then you could come in with your other colors, and you can do the same thing right here. And you can create kind of this leaving pattern, and that would make a cool background or effect. So see, then you have this kind of line pattern between mixing between your complementary colors and your line drawings, and you could glue all of that down, and then you can paint a nice picture on top of that. Or you could just do the complementary paper colors, and you can create of background pattern with those. So then you have something like an overlapping thing like this that's up to you. It's You can lay your paper out in any way you want if you want to use all construction paper as the base, and then you could come in and you could create a snake with different shapes on top of it . And you could make your snake go across your construction paper and he can go across the page. Or you can come back in and you can create different flowers or just put the spots randomly throughout. So you kind of have a patchwork collage there. So many ways to do a collage. It's up to you, Um, you so you can take a few minutes now to finish putting your collage together in any way that you want and then move on to the painting section. 8. Painting Your Collage: Now that you've finished your collage, it's time to paint if you choose. I have two different types of pain. I have acrylic paint, this paint. You can wash it out if you get it on in a sweat, but it may not come out all the way. So this is a more permanent paint. This is temporal paint, and it is washable, and it will come off of your clothes. So I recommend using this one with preschool kids. Um, thes can be found at Wal Mart or Target or any of your local craft stores. I have a variety of paintbrushes. I have a thing of water to rinse your paintbrushes in, and I have paper towels to dry them and a paper plate to picture on. So before we start painting, let's look at the different colossus that I created. And I started painting this one. So this is one and I created this one, and I mean and my son made this one for me. So you're Kalash may look similar to any of these. It may look completely different from one of these, and that is completely okay. So to start painting, take your collage and I'm gonna choose this one and select a pariah. Shore different brushes. And if you have those sponge brushes, they work a swell and then just start painting right on top of your kalash. So then you have your pain on top. If you have one like this, you could take more construction paper, and you could design and create another image and then painted. Or you could take another color, and you can use the same brush. Rinse it first, because it will turn kind of a brownish color. I should go. So for the preschool kids, I recommend putting one brush per color. That's up to you, Um, and then you could draw more lines across it, and you can come create another line drawing using paint right on top of your collage, and you can just put lines a lacrosse it. And you can practice making thin lines with the paintbrush in think lines with the paintbrush and the one if years looks like my son's, that's just like this. You could paint directly on top of this, or you could take other pieces of construction paper and create another image. You could put a little snake running across it. That's up to you. However you want to do it. My son's collage looks like this. So Hiss started out like this one, and then he painted a dog face on top of it. So this whole process is for you to just be creative, make a messy background and then draw and create some beautiful image on top of it. 9. Describe Your Work: Now that we've completed our clash, let's take a few minutes to talk about how to describe our work as an artist. It is important that we learn how to describe our work to someone who cannot see it. And to do that we can ask ourselves several questions. What materials did we use? What colors did we use? What are the shapes of the work? You can describe the lines and the texture. You can tell them what the image ISS can. They tell what it iss. If it's a dog, it doesn't look like a dog. Is the dog in the middle of the picture? Is it to the left of the picture? You can also talk about the thing, and you can talk about how it makes you feel doesn't make you feel happy. Does it make you feel saft? Is it a soft piece of work like snow in the winter, or is it hard, like jacket mountains with dark, thick lines? After looking at the questions, let's take this collage and answer those questions. We can start by saying I created a collage using blue and green construction paper and white paper that I created line drawings on I use color pencils and markers to create the line drawings. I then tour the construction paper and the white line and the white paper line drawings into big and little pieces. On the top half of my paper, I used the blue construction paper and the White Line drawings to create a sky. The white paper makes it look like their clouds in the sky. I then put a yellow construction paper son slightly to one side of mental middle. On the bottom of my collage, I used green construction paper and the white line drawings where I used black and green and brown marker, um, for my ground and then put orange and purple flowers. There are four flowers on the bottom, two on the left and two on the right. The theme of my drawing would be a bright, sunny spring day, and it makes me feel happy and bright and light. This is one way you could describe it. You could describe it in many other ways, so take a few minutes and practice describing your collage to someone else. 10. Review: Let's review Today we talked about Kalash. A collage is a technique used him art where various materials are glued toe flat surface. To create an image, you can use construction paper and line drawings created on white paper, as well as newspaper clippings, crayons, fabric leaves, twigs and lots of other materials to create collages. The types of collage that we talked about our paper paint, nature fabric and Miss it mosaic. There are other types of collage as well. We also talked about lines today. We discussed that a line is a marked. The connects two dots that lines could be straight, curvy, thick and orthotics lines can change direction, creating different angles, and they can also be connected to create shapes. 11. Final Thoughts: I want to say thank you for joining me today in my class. I have that you insulated as much as I enjoy teaching it, if you would please post your Children's final projects in the project section of the class . That way I can comment and look at them and your Children can comment on others. Children's work as well. I have created several. Resource is for this class. One of them is a questionnaire or quiz. However you want to use it that covers the things that we learned in the class. One of them is a sheet with the questions that will help you and your child discuss and describe their artwork. There are other Resource is in there as well. I would also like to encourage you to comment to ask questions, give recommendations for other classes, anything that you would like to share with me. Please do. In the comments section of the classes wept. I hope to see you again soon. Thank you