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The “Science” of Collage Lesson Plan

Author: Trish Saccomano
Year: 2019
Artform: Visual Art
Grade: 1st (Can be adapted to Standards/Objectives in K-6)
Duration: 1 or 2 sessions
Overview: Integrating Visual Art and Science


Standard 1.V.R.2:
Explore the use of materials and tools to create works of art or design; use art materials, tools, and equipment in a safe way; identify and classify uses of everyday objects through drawings, diagrams, sculptures, or other visual means.

Standard 1.V.CR.3:
Use art vocabulary to describe choices while creating art.
Science: Standard 3 Physical Science:
Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.

Objective 2: Analyze objects and record their properties
Sort, classify, and chart objects by observable properties e.g.,size, shape, color and texture
Identifying and explaining organic shapes used in an art collage.



Introduce the students to and discuss the art form of collage by sharing picture books illustrated by Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle and other illustrators who use collage. Display and discuss organic shapes found in the book, Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way It Does by Philip Ball. Incorporate the later collage work of Henri Mattisse into the discussion


After above discussion on organic shapes, demonstrate how to cut, punch, overlap and arrange shapes into a collage art piece.


This lesson can be finished in a one hour work session if needed but two 45 minute - one for the input and discussion and one for the creation of the art piece would be preferable.


Students share/compare work with fellow classmates describing their chosen organic shapes and collage techniques used.

Using the art form of collage to teach the Science standards of looking for observational forms of objects found in nature.
How can you sort, classify, and create an art piece using different and observable properties, by size, shape, color and texture?
Differentiation would involve the amount of detail students put into their collages. Students who want more practice in the art of collage could create more than one art piece or use different papers to create different, more advanced types of collage. For example, a collage piece based on the technique of Rex Ray.
  • collage
  • texture
  • illustrators
  • organic shapes
  • observational forms
  • properties of objects
  • classify
  • analyze
  • sort
Assessment will take place in an authentic way - through peer share/explain.


This project is a easy, inexpensive and requires very little prep. Using bright paper on black makes the final product really “POP.”

If time and interest permits you might want to try Kara Kramer’s - One Minute, No Glue Collage.


  1. Get out your big scrap papers.
  2. Cut the paper into pieces
  3. Make a big piece pile
  4. Pick 5-7 (more or less) pieces
  5. Clear a space on the floor or on a long table
  6. Timer will be set for 1 minute
  7. And . . . GO! No time to think!
  8. Move and turn the pieces to make a collage
  9. When timer rings, take a picture with your phone
  10. Now . . . Do it all again!

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