We 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.
4-5 year olds
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 children
To learn about layering.
To think about graphic elements and colors.
To learn about gluing with glue wash.
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.
- Show the children an example of the project and go over the steps with them.
- Pass out foil covered squares and black sharpies, one of each per child.
- 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.
- Collect the sharpies and hand our glue wash and bushes. Have the kids start covering their squares with the glue wash.
- Tell the students to cover the entire square so they will be able to stick tissue over the whole square.
- Distribute containers with tissue squares and have the kids start sticking the squares onto the foil.
- Show them that they can layer the tissue by painting glue on top of an already placed square and sticking another one on top.
- 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.