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Lesson 7: Assembling Murals


We will assemble and create a border for our mural. Students will be able to work collaboratively to assemble the mural and begin making a border. Students will understand that a border frames a work of art and makes it look “finished.”

Grade Level



Drawing, Collage, Painting

  • Unit & Lessons


  • Habitat background
  • Animal and habitat feature collages
  • Border text collages
  • Colored paper cut into rectangular strips
  • Additional colored paper
  • Black paper – 9 x 12”
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Oil pastels (optional; can be used instead of collage)


Step 1

Revisit mural and plan adding animals and border.

Step 2

Divide class into groups of 3-5 students and alternate the groups to:

  • Glue animals and habitat features to the mural background.
  • Make a text border of words associated with the mural using paper rectangles and collage papers.

Step 3

Select one student to make a mural title using white letters, larger than the other text, on black paper.


Students will talk and write about the mural in progress. 

What animals do you notice in the mural?
What features do you notice in the background?
What do you notice about the mural now that everyone’s work is added?

Sketchbook Prompt (Optional):

Choose an animal you like from the mural that another student made.

Draw that animal in your sketchbook.
Write about the details you notice.
What part of the background surrounds this animal?


Collaborate, border