Castles on the Beach

Try an easy art technique to create dramatically colorful paper with paint and mixing medium. Use the art paper to make cut-out collages inspired by poems of the shore and sea.

  • 1.

    Have students cover their work area with recycled newspaper and put on painting smocks. Pre-mix Crayola® Tempera Mixing Medium with some colors of Crayola® Premier™ Tempera Paint for a glittery finish. Place paint in containers with craft sticks or foam brushes. Pre-fold pieces of construction paper.

  • 2.

    Show students how to place small dots of different colored paint on one side of their opened paper before folding over and pressing down to spread paint inside the fold. Share the vibrant patterns and blended colors. Set aside to air dry.

  • 3.

    Display the artwork of book illustrator, Eric Carle. Point out his use of cutouts from wildly patterned paper to make picture collages. Describe how he forms his shapes without a pencil but with a pair of scissors.

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    Read aloud some poems about the beach, shore, sea, etc. These might include one by Robert Louis Stevenson entitled At the Seaside or Katherine Taylor’s Where the Waves Meet the Shore. Talk about what images these poems stir in the students. Ask the class how they might represent these images in simple shapes and forms.

  • 5.

    Encourage students to pick a couple of pieces of patterned paper (some other than their own) from the combined pile of dried artwork. Using Crayola® Pointed Tip Scissors, show the students how to cut out shape outlines. Layer the cutouts on a piece of white paper using Crayola® No-Drip School Glue to make a collage picture of their own.

Standards

  • LA-Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings
  • LA-Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
  • LA-Read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry.
  • VA-Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.
  • VA-Students will demonstrate an understanding that creative thinking and artmaking skills transfer to many aspects of life.

Adaptations

  • Try this activity during different seasons of the year, using seasonal colors (even try white paint on black paper) with appropriate poems to accompany the work.
  • Assign a simple writing exercise such as writing a cinquain (5 line poem).The beginner format goes as follows; Line 1: one word, Line 2: two words, Line 3: three words, Line 4: four words and Line 5: one word. There are more complex patterns that involve syllables or specific types of words. Each student’s cinquain could be copied on to the top of their cutout collage and displayed in the classroom.
  • Visit online the museum that Eric Carle started called the Museum of Picture Book Art. Learn more about Eric Carle’s life and work; check out suggested art activities.