Fine motor skills practice is embedded in this math-connected art activity from start to finish. It focuses on shape as an element of art. Students create collages from just one bright color, while getting important cutting practice with scissors.
This activity can easily be used at a station or as an art center activity. It generally needs minimal supervision. Finished art work can be used for math extension activities relating to identifying and describing geometric shapes.
Included with this resource are two art reflection worksheets, one suitable for emergent writers and one for more independent writers.
One Color Collage is bundled with four other lessons in Exploring Lines and Shapes.
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
- 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 using scissors with more control
• two art reflection worksheets
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 supported 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.
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Art Lessons for Kindergarten
-- three literature based art lessons
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Motor Skills Task Cards
-- perfect for a hands-on center or independent choice time
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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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