These two Language Arts integrated torn paper collage lessons help develop fine motor skills and require little to no preparation. A collection of these snowmen make an eye-catching wall display. They are suitable for primary-aged students of all abilities.
Both lessons begin with a read-aloud and allow for many individual creative variations.
Each lesson in this bundle is also available individually.
Lessons included are:
Torn Paper Snowman Collage
-- especially good for younger students and those who are still developing eye-hand coordination and finger muscle strength. Includes literature response templates in three layouts for emerging writers, and Comparing Art worksheets in two versions - a traditional Venn Diagram and a rectangular format.
Expressive Snowman Face Collage
-- introduces students to portraits in three-quarter view and the concept of communicating with art. Includes art reflection worksheet with prompts to help students assess their own work.
Each lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- National Core Visual Arts Standards information
- list of materials needed (all common classroom materials)
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for related read-aloud books
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- photographs of actual student work samples
- suggestions for writing and other curricular extensions
• Two literature response templates for emerging writers
• Comparing Art worksheets in two versions
• An art reflection worksheet for student self-assessment
• Tips for creating successful collages (included in both lessons)
• One page of ideas for creating expressive faces
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of each lesson.
This resource also includes a description of the National Core Visual Arts Anchor Standards and an overview of ways Art education supports other areas of the curriculum.
Because I teach in California, each lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Related or similar art lessons and resources:
Elmer and Friends - An Art Lesson Connecting Art, Literature, and Math
Three Literature-Based Art Lessons for Kindergarten
Draw and Write Literature Response Templates
Motor Skills Activity Task Cards
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Art Task Cards -- for early finishers or art centers
Start With Art -- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art -- a free download
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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