Third grade students worked with their tables to create a collaborative collage about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.
Art Lesson Video: Monarchs and Milkweeds, Part 2
PowerPoint: Monarchs and Milkweeds
- 18″ x 24″ paper (for the background)
- 5 sheets of painted paper per table (instructions here)
- 6″ x 9″ black paper (for the butterflies)
- White paint and Q tips
- Gold metallic markers
It was magical to watch each table’s artwork come together on our last two days of this project! After they watched the art demonstration video, I encouraged them to start with the milkweed plants first, since both the caterpillars and the chrysalis would be attached to them.
I put up an example of how to fold a black piece of paper in half and draw one side of the butterfly in order to cut out a symmetrical shape. Each table found their own rhythm. If there was a kiddo who wasn’t sure what to do, I reminded them that they could also make a caterpillar, butterfly or chrysalis (even if someone else had the table was already creating one).
The best part was seeing how each table’s personality came out as they added their “extra image.” We had quite a few flowers, other kinds of butterflies and birds. We also had some “outside the box” artists! Some of the tables added the Eiffel Tower, a pig, and a tractor.
On the second day of cutting and gluing, I introduced the gold and white dots that students could add to their art at the end. I emphasized that they were like the sprinkles on top of a cupcake – just a few would have a big impact.
Once a table was done cutting and gluing, they showed me that they were ready for dots by cleaning up the scraps of paper and putting away their supplies. They had so much fun adding the finishing touches on their artwork!
We finished the project in October, but I held onto the artwork to display it at the Third Grade Showcase in April. Having the entrance to the cafeteria covered in butterfly art had such a huge impact on the space!