Art Lesson Plans for Kindergarten: Torn Paper Collage

Art Lesson Plans for Kindergarten:  Torn Paper Collage

Author studies in Kindergarten are great ways to introduce different art forms. Using the books of Leo Lionni and Ezra Jack Keats, this art lesson plan introduces collage and illustration all in one swoop.



Outcome: To learn about the method used for illustrating some of Leo Lionni’s and Ezra Jack Keats’ stories;  To learn about illustrating a scene or story to help tell the story;  To learn about collage.


Materials: Scrap paper of various colors, Neutral color of paper for a base to glue ripped pieces of paper on, glue, pencil, notebook paper


Art History: Look at Leo Lionni stories that use this method of illustration, such as “Fredrick” and “Swimmy”.  Look at Ezra Jack Keats and “The Snowy Day” and talk about how this author used collage.  Do two sessions and look at a different author for each session.  Compare the two-how are they similar?  How are they different? 


Image via Wikipedia, The Cover of The Snowy Day

Finished Product: A torn paper collage and one sentence



  1. Look at the first story and talk about  the illustrations.  What do you notice?  How do you think the artist made the shapes?  Can you see where the paper was torn?
  2. Have the children write a single sentence with at least one character.  Example:  Leo played with a ball.
  3. Using a pencil draw the scene on the paper.  This will be the guide for the torn paper.  Keep the shapes large and simple, because the paper will have to be torn to make this scene.  No details yet!  Demonstrate a simple drawing on the white board, and tear some paper to fit the shapes.  Demonstrate with a couple of areas how to rip pieces of paper to fit, and emphasize that you don’t want any details (yet!).
  4. After the children have their sentence and have illustrated it with a very simple drawing with large shapes and no details, pass out some scrap paper to each table, with many different colors.
  5. Demonstrate how to rip pieces of paper to fit areas again, and pass out glue.  Remind them to glue the pieces on as soon as they have them ripped so they don’t get lost or mixed up with someone else’s.
  6. (Optional) When the white paper has been more or less filled with colored paper pieces, or at least the main drawing, the children may take a single crayon and add details.  Only use one color so that the collage remains the main focus. 
  7. Post the sentence the children wrote along with the illustration and have a discussion on how they think the drawing helps ‘illustrate’ or tell the story in the sentence.  Encourage the children to talk about their own work and to make positive comments about other student’s work.

Enjoy the project!


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sgkeat, posted this comment on Feb 10th, 2011

Very sweet…It is nice working with kids. be fair, it can be trying sometimes.

Betty Carew, posted this comment on Feb 10th, 2011

I will forward this one to Annie. You are so amazing at finding art crafts . Great post Annie.

T. Naser, posted this comment on Feb 10th, 2011

This was great! I plan on using it with my kids. Thanks.

hellohello, posted this comment on Feb 11th, 2011

This is sooo cool and creative its good doing projects with kids so that way they can have fun and learn to be more crafty.

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