top of page
Cut Paper Collage Exploratory Project


Explore the artistic potential of cut paper collage, utilizing various textures, colors, and layering techniques to create unique compositions.


Materials Needed:

  • A variety of papers (colored construction paper, magazine pages, old book pages, textured paper, etc.)

  • Scissors and/or craft knives

  • Glue sticks or rubber cement

  • Large sheets of sturdy paper or cardboard (for the base)

  • Optional: Markers, pens, or other drawing tools for additional details

  • Optional: Found objects, fabric scraps, or other embellishments


Project Options:

Abstract Composition

Goal: Create a purely abstract collage using geometric or organic shapes to convey movement or emotion.

Instructions: Focus on the arrangement of shapes and colors to create a dynamic or harmonious composition. Experiment with overlapping and layering to add depth.


Realistic Landscapes

Goal: Construct a landscape using layers of cut paper to create a sense of depth and perspective.

Instructions: Use horizontal layers to mimic the look of landscapes receding into the distance. Consider how the textures of different papers can represent elements like water, sky, or foliage.


Portraits from Pieces

Goal: Assemble a portrait using cut-out paper shapes that abstractly represent facial features.

Instructions: Start with a basic outline of a head and shoulders, then fill in features with various colors and textures of paper. Focus on capturing the essence rather than detailed realism.


Cityscape Silhouette

Goal: Create a stylized cityscape using silhouettes of buildings, bridges, and other urban elements.

Instructions: Layer black or dark-colored paper over lighter backgrounds to create contrast. Add details with a fine-tip marker or small pieces of brightly colored paper to represent lights or windows.


Story Collage

Goal: Tell a story or convey a message through images and text cut from magazines or printed materials.

Instructions: Choose a theme or story line and select images and words that communicate your message. Arrange them in a visually compelling way that guides the viewer through the story.



Introduction (15 minutes):

Introduce the concept and potential of cut paper collage.

Review different techniques such as layering, juxtaposition, and texturing.

Present the five project options.


Planning and Sketching (15 minutes):

Students select their project and begin planning their composition.

Sketch ideas on a piece of paper to guide the collage process.


Cutting and Assembling Phase (90-180 minutes):

Students cut shapes and elements from their selected papers.

Begin assembling their collage on the base paper, arranging and rearranging pieces before final gluing.

Continuous feedback from instructors via chat or video, providing tips and encouragement.


Finishing Touches (30-60 minutes):

Finalize the placement of all elements and securely glue them down.

Add any additional details or textures with optional materials.


Presentation and Critique (15-30 minutes):

Students present their finished collages in a digital gallery or live sharing session.

Discuss each work, focusing on the use of space, color, and the effectiveness of conveying the intended theme or story.


Conclusion (5 minutes):

Reflect on the creative process and discuss the challenges and successes experienced during the project.

Encourage students to think about how they might incorporate collage techniques into other artistic endeavors.

bottom of page