Collage 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.

Introduce collage in its many forms to your students and spark their creativity with a hands-on project. Suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons help direct future instruction.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define collage
  • identify different methods of collage
  • compare the collages of various artists
  • construct a collage


1 hour


  • An assortment of newspapers
  • An assortment of magazines
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tablets, computers, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.6: Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).

Key Vocabulary

  • Collage
  • Cubism
  • Dada movement
  • Photomontage


  • Begin by asking students to read the video What Is Collage? - Definition, Famous Artists & Examples.
  • Next, have them complete the quiz associated with the lesson.
  • Ask students to select the Cubism method, an approach similar to those seen in the Dada movement, or the photomontage method of collage to inspire them as they construct a personal collage using the magazines, newspapers, paper, scissors and glue.
  • Specify that upon completion, each student should name his or her piece to help convey the meaning or inspiration behind it.


  • Host an exhibit of the students' collages in the classroom.
  • Take an online field trip to one or two famous museums of the world to view a wider selection of collages.
  • Have students analyze a famous collage using the terminology introduced in this lesson.
  • Ask students to create a self-portrait using collage.

Related Lessons

What is Pop Art? - Definition, Movement & Artists

What Is Environmental Art? - Definition, History & Movement

What is Abstract Art? - Definition, Techniques, Types & Paintings

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