Sponge Painting 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.

What can you do with a sponge beside scrub things? Why not use a sponge to create a masterpiece? This lesson plan teaches students the art of sponge painting and allows them to express their creativity in a memorable way.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the most popular uses for sponges.
  • Analyze some uncommon uses for sponges.
  • Explain the technique of sponge painting and its uses.
  • List the supplies needed for sponge painting.


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.


Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.


Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.


  • Several different examples of sponge painting
  • Assorted types of sponges (e.g natural and synthetic)
  • Scissors
  • Paint in assorted colors
  • Water
  • Old newspapers
  • 4x4 squares of card stock
  • A bulletin board or wall
  • Push pins


  • Begin by passing around several of the sponges to the students, allowing them to see, touch and feel them.
    • How many of you have used a sponge?
    • For those who raised their hands, what did you do with the sponge?
    • Can you think of any other uses for sponges?
  • Show the class the assorted examples of sponge painting.
    • How do you think these paintings were created?
    • Did anyone guess that they were created using sponges instead of paintbrushes?
  • Demonstrate for students how sponges can be used for painting by dabbing a sponge in some paint and experimenting with different patterns on paper.
    • How could we change the sponge to create even more patterns?
  • Now show the students how sponges can be cut into different shapes to create unique designs in painting.
    • What types of things do you think you could create in a sponge painting?
    • Is sponge painting limited to paper?

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