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Lesson 3: Cut-Shapes Collage


We will make a collage from cut-paper shapes. Students will be able to make shapes by cutting paper, then arrange and glue these to make a collage.

Grade Level



Printmaking, Drawing, Collage, Mural

  • Unit & Lessons
  • Teaching Tools


  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue in pots
  • Brushes


Step 1

Discuss shapes made during the last lesson and how different shapes can be made using scissors.

Step 2

Demonstrate scissor use and explore “drawing with scissors” to create a variety of shapes.

Step 3

Have students cut, then arrange and glue their shapes.


Students will choose two shapes in their collage and discuss the following questions:

How did you make these two shapes? 
What lines did you cut?
How did you arrange your shapes on the background paper?

Writing Prompt (Optional):

Students will write about these two shapes.

How are the shapes different?
How are the shapes the same?
One shape has ________ and the other shape has ________.
How are your shapes arranged? 
In my collage, the shapes are arranged _______.

Sketchbook Prompt (Optional):

Students will make a drawing of their collage using colored pencils.


Geometric shapes, square, circle, oval, rectangle, triangle


Geometric shapes chart

Organic shapes chart