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This collage lesson helps students create paper mosaic animals




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By – Alberta Johnson
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects –
Grade Level – 1-2
1) To teach students how to work with mosaic pieces
2) To give students more practice in drawing animals

Gather together examples of mosaic art: 2D pictures and 3D objects by old masters and contemporary artists. Show the students the examples and then demonstrate the technique on paper. Give them the animal sheets and let them practice drawing animals before giving them the good paper.

Colored construction papers-3 x 6″ in size, in various colors, 12 x 18″ black construction paper, glue, scissors, pencils, erasers, xeroxed sheets of animals, scraps for practice drawings

1) Use one 12 x 18″ black sheet to draw one large animal (rabbits, elephants, turtles, pigs, etc.) that nearly fills the paper.

2) Choose several 3 x 6″ colors for your animal’s body parts.

3) Take one 3 x 6″ color and cut it into 1/2″ wide strips.

4) Next, cut a 1/2″ strip into smaller squares, approximately 1/2″ in size. Now you have a small pile of tiny squares that are about 1/2″ x 1/2″.

5) Use these small squares to fill in a part of the animal’s body. (Spread a small amount of glue where you want the squares to go. Place the squares carefully on the glue, close together.)

6) When one part of the body is filled, choose another part of the body to fill. (If you have squares left, use those squares to fill another part of the body thatyou want to be that same color.)

7) When you’re ready, choose another 3 x 6″ color and cut it into the 1/2″ x 1/2″ squares. Use these to fill the next part of the body that you chose.

8) Repeat this process until all parts of the animal’s body are filled.

9) Sign the artwork and put away to dry.

10)Hang all finished work after drying for a wonderful display.

1) Did the students follow your instructions on working with mosaics?

2) After practice, were the animal drawings carefully done?

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