Tape collages are a great project for a one day workshop, or in this case, mini-camp. These are no-mess, no-drying artworks that can go home the same day with the students. But don’t let the relative simplicity be deceiving; there is still a lot of learning, planning and adaptability for different ages packed into this project.
Click here for Tape Collage Lesson Plan.
Age Level: 3- 5 years
- Fine motor skills
- Planning artwork
- Following directions
- Paper tape of many colors
- White paper (6”x 9”)
- Glue stick
- Black paper (8” x 10”)
- Rip off tape and place onto back of plastic containers. This makes it easy for the kids to grab – and we love how festive it looks. We prepared one for every two students to share.
- Also set up some extra ripped pieces of tape, maybe on the edge of a counter or on extra containers, so that you will have some readily available when you need more. Once the kids get going, they can quickly go through tape.
- Write each student’s name on a label (to go on back of projects when complete).
Show the students an example of a finished project. Explain that they will be making their artwork today by ripping different colors of tape into smaller pieces, and then sticking them to their paper.
We discussed choosing between two different subject types for their project: representational (representing something in the real world, like a beach or flowers) and abstract (a picture that does not look like something, like a pattern).
Next, demonstrate to the students how to rip the tape: hold the piece with their two hands close together, and then move them in opposite directions.
Show the students how to use the tape to create their artworks. Our instructor made both a pattern for an abstract example and a flower for a representational example.
Some of the younger children will need help with grasping the skill of ripping the tape.
When they have completed their artworks, have the students go to the supply table to pick up a glue stick. Hand out the black papers and have them them glue the tape projects onto them, creating a contrasting matt.