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Lesson 4: Adding Details to Animal Collages


We will cut and glue distinctive details for our animal collages. Students will be able to add details to finish their animal and make it identifiable.

Grade Level



Drawing, Collage, Painting

  • Unit & Lessons
  • Teaching Tools


  • Animal collages
  • Additional painted paper
  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue 
  • Resource: color photos of animals


Step 1

Brainstorm distinctive characteristics for different types of animals.

Step 2

Have students cut, layer, and glue details using different papers.

Step 3

Have students cut out their animal from their background paper, leaving a thin border.


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

What details do you notice in this animal?
Did you use any of the same details in your own work?
What details are different from those you used?

Writing Prompt (Optional):

Choose your favorite detail from your own collage and write a sentence to answer the following questions:

What is your favorite detail that you added to your animal? 
What shape and color is this detail?
How did you make this detail?

Sketchbook Prompt (Optional):

Think about the habitat for your animal. Make a drawing of the place where your animal lives. 

What colors do you see? 
What features are in this habitat—plants, trees, rocks, water, sky, snow?


Detail, layer, overlap


Photos of animals