Collage Bugs in Nature

Bug art lesson

With this beautiful summer well underway it’s about that time to start thinking about the beginning of our next school year! I hope  that Whoa Panda is a helpful little tool that makes your lesson planning a bit easier this year.

This lesson in particular is one of my tried and true, favorite lessons. I usually teach it to kindergarteners at the end of the school year but it would also do wonderfully for a first grade introduction to collage! This lesson helps my little guys gain some experience with controlled paper ripping, drawing, and most importantly, develop adoration for the natural world.

What you need:

  • Scraps of construction paper
  • half pieces of brown 9×12″ construction paper
  • 18×24″ piece of white drawing paper
  • Sharpies
  • Pictures of bugs
  • Glue sticks

Let’s get started!

Step 1:

We want to rip the top edge of our brown piece of paper in order to give the top of our “dirt” a rougher look. Begin by teaching your students how to rip a piece of paper in a controlled manner… As the paper rips, move your pinching fingers to follow the rip. Then line up the bottoms of the papers and glue down.

Bug art lesson

Step 2:

Rip strips of varying shades of green paper to make grass. I challenge my kiddos to see who can make the skinniest pieces! Once they have a few, begin to glue down the pieces.

Bug art lesson

Step 3:

Once steps 1 & 2 are completed I give a bug-drawing demonstration. I fetch the colored scraps that I need and show how to fold paper in half and draw wings to make symmetrical butterflies, then how to draw and cut tiny details. We look for shapes that are easy to draw, for example a spider’s body is a circle and the legs are like long skinny noodles. When you break things down into simple shapes or objects I find that children are much less intimidated by the thought of drawing them!

Bug art lesson

Step 4:

Once a work of art has a nice balance of bugs and grass and no space looks too empty, I give out thick sharpies for details. When it comes to details, I never get too picky. I believe in giving children free reign over their artwork. I love to see how their minds work and what they come up with!

Bug art lesson

Have fun!

Student Examples:

Bug art lesson

Bug art lesson

Bug art lesson

Bug art lesson

Bug art lesson