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Early [PK-K] Lesson Plan

Sail Away Collage

Created on April 08, 2019 by lightARTed

Kindergarten students practice their cutting and gluing skills in a sailboat collage using watercolor and tempera paint. Emphasis on scissor safety, cutting and painting techniques.

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Students will be able to properly demonstration scissor safety and cutting techniques.

Students will learn about collage in the creation of sailboat seascape.

Students will understand the difference between watercolor and tempera paint.

Students will learn about secondary colors, and warm and cool colors.

white tag board (3 sheets per student, or 2 sheets and 1 sheet of watercolor paper for the sunset.)

pencils, erasers

brown, yellow, white construction paper

watercolor paint, tempera paint, brushes


glue sticks, scissors,

optional: circle, triangle tracers, rulers, to allow students to trace a circle for the sun, half circles, for boats, triangles for sails, etc...

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Day 1
Introduce lesson showing examples of project. Ask students how they think it was made and what they think was used to make it. Explain about collage, what a seascape is. Show video on how to draw a sailboat as practice.

Day 2
Demonstrate how to use warm colors to paint a sunset. I use watercolor paper, watercolor or tempera cakes, and salt. Demonstrate brush stroke techniques, students should work quickly and sprinkle salt on the wet paint to create a texture effect for the sunset background.

Day 3
Demonstrate how to use secondary colors to paint a pattern on white tag board that will be used to make our sails from. (students previously learned about primary colors and shapes in our last project) Review brushstroke techniques and go over expectations for clean up.

Day 4
Demonstrate how to paint waves using tempera or acrylic paint on tag board. I explain this doesn't have to be perfect because we will eventually rip this paper into strips for our ocean scene.Review clean up procedures.

Day 5
Now that all three parts our seascape are painted explain they will be making the pieces of our collage with construction paper. Demonstrate how to cut clouds out of white paper and suns from yellow construction. Go over scissor safety rules and proper cutting techniques. Students may finish early so I show this video about the parts of a sail boat...

Day 6
Demonstrate how to cut 3 boats out of brown construction paper, one large, one medium, and one small boat. I allow students to use circle templates to trace a half circle. Students will finish early, I have them clean up and color their practice sailboat pictures from day one.

Day 7
Demonstrate how to cut triangle sails out of their pattern paper using their 3 boats as a guide to measure so the sails fit properly. I show them how to use a ruler to draw their sails. Students will finish early, they may continue to color their practice sailboats, or read to them a book about sailing.

Day 8
Demonstrate how to rip their blue wave painting into strips. Students should now have all their pieces, allow them to play with their arrangement but not to glue anything down until the following week. I allow students to decide if they want to use their sun and clouds or leave the sky plain.

Day 9
(I prestaple their water strips to the bottom of their sunset)Demosntrate how to arrange and glue the pieces in their collage. Make sure large boat is up front, medium boat is in the middle, and small boat to the back. Go over background, foreground, middleground.

Did the student make a sailboat collage?

Did the student demonstrate proper scissor safety, cutting/gluing and painting techniques?

When their is extra time I show sailboat paintings by famous artists such as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Renie Britenbucher


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper

Rhythm/Pattern, Proportion/Size, Movement, Color/Value, Shape, Variety

Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Tempera, Watercolor