Pasta Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

How can pasta be used to create fun and interesting art projects? This lesson plan explains different uses for dried pasta. Five simple pasta art activities with detailed instructions are included.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • analyze potential uses for dried pasta
  • use fine motor skills to create pasta art


30 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.


Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.


Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.


  • Assorted types of dried pasta (e.g. ziti, bowtie, spaghetti, and so on)
  • Construction paper in assorted sizes and colors
  • Stapler
  • Fast drying school glue
  • Yarn
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes


  • Begin by showing the class several pieces of dried pasta of different types.
  • Pass the pieces of pasta throughout the classroom, giving each student a chance to touch and examine each piece.
    • What is this?
    • What do we usually do with it?
    • Let's take turns sharing our ideas for other things we could do with pasta besides eat it.
    • Now let's try an activity using pasta to create art!


Pasta Art Vest

  • Give each student two large pieces of construction paper, one of which will form the back of the vest.
  • Next, assist the students in cutting the second piece of construction paper in half longways. These pieces will be the front sides of the vest.
  • Staple the two halves to the full piece along the sides, leaving an open arm slit on each side.
  • Now, have the students select twenty or so pieces of dried pasta to decorate their vests.
  • Tell the students to glue the dried pasta pieces onto their vests.
  • Allow the glue to dry for a few moments before allowing the students to use the acrylic paints and brushes to paint the dried pasta pieces.
  • When the paint has dried, have students put on their pasta vests to show off their creativity!

Pasta Art Collage

  • Give each student a piece of construction paper.
  • Tell students to use the dried pasta and glue to completely cover the paper in the collage style.
  • Allow the glue to dry before instructing students to use the acrylic paint to add color to their collages.

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