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Lesson 3: Making Collage Animals


We will begin making our collage animals from painted and colored papers. Students will be able to make a collage of their animal to be added to the mural.

Grade Level



Drawing, Collage, Painting

  • Unit & Lessons
  • Teaching Tools


  • Painted paper
  • Colored paper
  • Black paper – 9 x 12” (base for animal)
  • Scissors
  • Glue 
  • Resource: color photos of animals


Step 1

Revisit the lines and shapes that make up different animals.

Step 2

Show how to cut and arrange large shapes from painted paper to make body parts, choosing other colored papers.

Step 3

Have students cut, arrange, then glue animal shapes onto black paper.


Students will share their animal collage with a partner and talk about what they notice in their friend’s artwork.

What shapes do you notice in this animal?
What colors, patterns, or textures do you notice?

Writing Prompt (Optional):

Write a sentence to answer the following questions:

What shapes did you cut to make your animal?
What colored paper did you choose for each part?

Sketchbook Prompt (Optional):

Think about the distinctive details of your animal that you will add to your collage next week.

Draw these details in your sketchbook.
What lines, shapes, textures, or patterns will you use?


Shape, arrange, collage


Photos of animals