hello tape collages!

art  class for children new jerseyTape 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

prep for tape collage projectMaterials:

  • Paper tape of many colors
  • White paper (6”x 9”)
  • Glue stick
  • Black paper (8” x 10”)
  • Labels

Teacher Preparation:

  • 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.taple collage kids lesson plan
  • 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.

new jersey art class and partyWe 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.

art lesson plan for childrenHand out the white papers and the containers with tape, and have the students get started. Encourage them to rip the larger pieces of tape into smaller ones.

Some of the younger children will need help with grasping the skill of ripping the tape.

best nj kids party art lesson plan for kidsWhen 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.

nj kids art classPut the name stickers on the back of the projects.

Our students were really proud of the collages they created!the messy artist fine art classes morris county art class for children art class party and camp



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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