The 1st graders recently finished their mixed media paper collages. The subject matter was a scene with at least one animal in it. We started this lesson by reviewing what a collage is. They learned about the artist, writer, and illustrator named Eric Carle who was famous for writing The Very Hungary Catepillar. We read a couple of his books through-out the five days that we worked on this project. The kids started out by painting their own paper to use for their collage. I showed them how to mix paint and use tools to create designs. Next we created backgrounds with watercolor. I showed them how to cut out different shapes to make creatures. I provided geometric stencils if they needed them for their artwork. We reviewed the difference between geometric and organic shapes. After the students created their collages, they added finishing touches with oil pastel. During the various processes of this lesson, we reviewed how to have a good hair day with your brush, "dot, dot, not a lot" with glue, and how to add detail to your work.