Painted Paper

Third grade students paint pieces of paper to use for their collaborative collage project about the monarch’s life cycle.

Art Lesson Video: Monarchs and Milkweeds, Part 1

PowerPoint: Monarchs and Milkweeds

Supplies:

  • 9″ x 12″ white paper (3 per table)
  • 12″ x 18″ white paper (1 per table)
  • Paint trays
  • Large brushes

Art students create painted paper to use for their monarch collage.

For the second day of our Collaborative Collage project, each table worked together to paint the paper that they will use to cut out shapes for their artwork about monarch butterflies. To start this step of the project, I reminded students of the colors they needed for the life cycle: Orange, light green and dark green. I gave them a larger sheet for dark green, since the milkweed plants were going to be the biggest part.

Art students create painted paper to use for their monarch collage.

I also gave each table an extra paper, along with the plan they had worked on last class period. They were able to see what they had chosen for their “extra image” and figure out what color they needed to create.

Art students create painted paper to use for their monarch collage.

I prepped the colors I knew they needed and gave them extra green, since that was the color they would be using the most. I tried to leave some room on their plates so I could add any colors they requested for their “extra image” paper.

Art students create painted paper to use for their monarch collage.

After my first class finished, I realized there were some points I needed to emphasize after the video. I explained that if you mixed certain colors into green or orange, it would create a muddy color. It was a great mini lesson on complimentary colors!

Art students create painted paper to use for their monarch collage.

I had them paint all the way to the edges of their paper so that we would have as much colorful paper as possible for our collage. This was such a fun, joyful day of painting! It was sweet to see kids working with their table and helping out their classmates so that everyone could finish painting in time.