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Glitter Collage

Lesson Plan and Artwork by Eric Orr, Art Consultant
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Lesson Plan
Grades 4-8
Sax Lesson Plans, Art, Social Studies


Collage, from the French term 'coller' meaning to paste or stick, is an art form developed in the early 20th Century. It was employed by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and others of the early Cubist period. The technique uses found and fancy papers, which are glued directly to the canvas or other surface – often to suggest textural and special features in this "new" abstract art movement. In this lesson, students will create a paper collage on black mat board using a variety of papers. They will utilize glitter glue lines to enhance their paper shapes and composition.


  • Students will demonstrate how to use a variety of papers to create a collage.
  • Students will use complimentary colors and varying textures in their collage.
  • Students will show compositional use of line, shape, color and space in their collage.
  • Students will learn how to use scissors, rulers and glue in their collage.

Supplies Needed

#1398098 Tru Ray Assortment, cool colors, 9 x 12", 50 pack
#1398064 Tru Ray Assortment, warm colors, 9 x 12", 50 pack
#075944 Pacon Marble Paper assortment, 9 x 12", 50 pack
#410636 Punjab Handmade Paper Assortment
#1428712 Elmer's Glitter Glue, assorted Bright
#1428713 Elmer's Glitter Glue, assorted Primary
#008973 Elmer's No Run School Glue 8 oz
#1496115 Crescent Mat Black Board, 9 x 12", 50 pack



Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.


Standard #5: Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.


Standard #7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Standard #9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.


Standard #10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Standard #11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.


Step 1

Show the students Cubist and collage work.

Step 2

Discuss the elements of design and how to arrange and balance shapes and colors in a composition.

Step 3

Study the color wheel and have students discuss complimentary colors. Why are they visually dynamic?

Step 4

Allow students to look at and touch various color and patterned papers. What shapes will they use to create their design? How will they be positioned on the black background board?

Step 5

Show and practice with younger students to name and identify geometric shapes. Practice how to draw various geometric shapes with rulers.

Step 6

Practice using scissors to cut paper shapes by holding the scissors in one position and turning only the paper.

Step 7

Once students have chosen their complimentary colors have them choose several plain and fancy/patterned papers they want to use in their composition. What shapes will they cut?

Step 8

Distribute the backboard and scissors and have the students cut and arrange their shapes on the backboard. Rearrange shapes. Have students experiment with vertical or horizontal formats.

Step 9

Only when interesting composition choices and decisions have been made, allow students to glue shapes on the black backboard using Elmer's Washable School Glue.

Step 10

Place finished collages on a drying rack.

Step 11

In the next class, distribute the collages and discuss how lines might enhance the design. Show the students how to properly and economically use the Elmer's Color Glitter Glue.

Step 12

Place finished collages on the drying rack.

Step 13

Share work in a class critique.

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