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Tear and Cut Collage – Children and Art by S.A. Barone


Art Project for young Children

Tear & Cut Collage

This was always a fun project for the children in my classes.  Even some of the older kids liked this one.  This project is a good way to show young kids a different method of creating the same idea.  With this art project the children get to create the same animal, shape, whatever object they want, one with ripped paper and one with cut paper.



Colored construction paper

White paper for the backgrounds, around 11 x 17

Glue stick, glue paste, (don’t let the kids eat it) any glue that works well with papers.



Paint, markers, crayons.

Let the kids choose what they want to duplicate. Have them keep it simple.  They can choose an animal, or just shapes.  Have them draw, whatever their choice is, in pencil on the newsprint to make a stencil.

Let the child cut out the stencil shapes with scissors, then using the construction paper, any color they choose, trace the shape onto the construction paper and cut it out.  When that is done have them trace one more shape only this time they tear it out instead of cutting.  They don’t have to worry about tearing exactly on the lines and keeping them straight, if they are jagged or fuzzy that’s good, it will add personality and character to their artwork.

On the white paper, have the child glue both objects down; the cut one and the ripped one.

Now they are ready to create a background for their animal or shape.  They can use crayons, paint, and markers, whatever they want.  In the example, they cut out and ripped birds then drew a branch with flowers for the birds to sit on, however, let the children’s imaginations guide them.

Have fun and keep creating

S. A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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