Hello tissue paper on foil collages!

the messy artist art classes for kidsWe like to do this multi-step layered project with our 4-5 year old students. Glue wash, foil and many colors of tissue paper allow students to create a graphic piece of art that they are always proud of.  Click here for The Messy Artist Tissue Paper Collages on Foil Lesson Plan.

Age Group:
4-5 year olds

Aluminum Foil
Black Sharpies
White Glue
Various colors of tissue paper, cut into squares or rectangles. (It can be interesting to have a visual theme: all warm colors, all cool colors, complimentary colors. etc. )
Brushes for glue wash.
Cups for glue wash.
Containers for tissue paper – one per every two childrenart class parties and cmap for children Morris County NJ

To learn about layering.
To think about graphic elements and colors.
To learn about gluing with glue wash.

Teacher Prep:
Cut cardboard into 8” x 8” squares
Cover cardboard squares in foil and tape to back.
Add child’s name to back of square,
Cut tissue paper into squares or rectangles.
Put cut tissue into containers for kids to access (one per every two children)
Make glue wash (½ glue and ½ water)
Put wash into small cups

Note: a different lesson that we like to do is with all circles (instead of squares or rectangles). We discuss big and small circles, overlapping circles, circles inside of circles and circles falling off the page.


  1. Show the children an example of the project and go over the steps with them.
  2. Pass out foil covered squares and black sharpies, one of each per child.
  3. Encourage the students to create designs and draw on the foil, filling the whole area but not covering the entire foil with black.  We like to talk about different types of lines for our different projects, and introduce children to the terminology. In this project, we do this by discussing:  horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines, as well as dashed lines and zig zag lines. Patterns can also be incorporated with the lines in the project.
    tissue paper glue art project for children
  4. Collect the sharpies and hand our glue wash and bushes. Have the kids start covering their squares with the glue wash.
  5. Tell the students to cover the entire square so they will be able to stick tissue over the whole square.north new jersey fine art class for kids
  6. Distribute containers with tissue squares and have the kids start sticking the squares onto the foil.art studio for kids east hanover nj
  7. Show them that they can layer the tissue by painting glue on top of an already placed square and sticking another one on top.tissue paper collage project
  8. When finished, we like to place these on a tray to dry so they do not stick to the tables, counter, etc. These will take some time to dry (depending on how much glue is used) and will be ready to go home with the students in a few days.best art classes for kids north jersey

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Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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