This literature-connected snowman collage art lesson allows for many creative variations. Fine motor skills are addressed by the tearing aspect of this collage activity, making it especially beneficial for younger students and those who are still developing eye-hand coordination and finger muscle strength. Teachers can observe and assess students’ fine motor skills as they create their snowmen.
The lesson is introduced with a read aloud and discussion. Students learn helpful collage techniques, practice tearing paper, and compare elements of their finished snowmen with others.
Torn Paper Snowman Collage is coupled with a snowman face collage lesson in Art With Snowmen.
This lesson includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- national visual arts standards information
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestion for related read aloud
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included in this resource:
• helpful tips for creating successful collages
• two versions of a worksheet template for comparing two finished collages
• three versions of a ‘draw and write’ literature response worksheet.
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this 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 Resources and Art Lessons:
Draw and Write Literature Response
Three Literature-Based Art Lessons for Kindergarten.
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
3D Art Lessons
-- three explorations in 3D
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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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
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