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Using paper in Visual Arts

It is the primary material that every teacher has in their classroom Visual Arts. white paper, colored paper. Plain paper, patterned paper. 80g paper, thicker piece. We use it to draw. To make origami occasionally. But we can however do a batch of people!

3D with a base

On the Workshop 3B Ideas Box blog, I found this idea for cycle 2, giving a charming look. An animal that stands up, a sea lion in this case. The notch concept makes it possible to hold the character, and it appeals to children. Here is a sober example, which the student can decorate to his liking:


This folding activity (somewhat rolling) and gluing gives excellent results in Visual Arts. It’s not just the “classic” heart of Mother’s Day. You can make animals, objects, flowers, trees. You will find tons of ideas and techniques by typing this term into a search engine.


The paper folds. It cuts out too! Making ribambelles is a common-sense activity in Visual Arts. The 80g paper lends itself well: easy to fold, easy to cut, easy to color.

Visual Arts

A well-done tutorial with steps and videos on Wikihow, which students can follow step by step. Two versions in classic bands and another in a lovely crown. In the same vein, Christmas flakes. Different levels of meticulousness very easy drawing for kids. Here is a simple Eraser and Doodles tutorial.

We no longer present it.

Who hasn’t made a puppet? This little DIY is still great to drive Visual Arts. A reminder of the technical principle which is not that easy to raise awareness:

Paper planes

Blogger Gandalf had the idea to come up with a project around the paper airplane. He discusses notions in math, French, EPS, geo-history … and of course in visual arts. It presents artists who use paper as well as spectacular videos. Here you will also find 44 models with very detailed instructions.

Architecture and 3D: paper cities

Using paper cobblestones (cycle three geometry to the rescue), students can work together to create a city from one building each. The principle of the 3D pop-up card can be using. The results are sometimes surprising. Just like the artist Ingrid Siliakus, you can create stunning buildings 😉

High-level origami

Thanks to the patterns you will find on the CreativePark site, you will be able, from designs to be printed (instead of in color), to make breathtaking models in the “amaze your friends” category from patterns to be printed (instead of in color).

Points of attention:

– choose a model according to the level of your students in Visual Arts. Start with the easy series,

– especially make the objects that you give yourself,

– finally, the scissors must be very sharp and cut to the point (scissors what!).

Sculpture and elevation

The paper has the properties of being a foldable, collapsible, glueable staple. It makes it the ideal material for creating volume constructions.

If you have scrap paper, scraps of paper of all kinds (collected from a printer or a parent who has it), you can offer your students a crazy project, alone or in pairs, to create a free sculpture.

No additional deposit. Just the hardware Visual Arts. To all questions that start with “can we …?

Three ideas from the school of Rustrel

These three ideas make for successful visual art sessions with just paper.

(click on the links for explanations)

  • Spring-loaded creatures

The idea of ​​the garland, coupled with the construction of paving stones from a pattern, gives original characters that allow children’s imagination to run free. As they do not stand up well, tape their creatures on a poster!

  • Optical spinning tops

A small disc of paper, a match, some markers, and let’s go to manufacture an optical spinning top!

Tip: adhesive paste on either side of the disc around the match makes the whole thing solid.

  • Totems

The totem is rich in symbols. Here, it is a paper montage that holds well on the table. A display of totems in the classroom is the most beautiful effect.

When some students have finished their totem pole, you can suggest to those who wish to make a giant collaborative totem by providing them with a large color Canson sheet. It can be decorating

 directly or with elements (flowers, animals) drawn separately and glued on the areas.

Tip: do not cut too many areas and separate the two parallel cutting lines sufficiently.


And other charming ideas on the Rustrel school website!

Round bump

This idea comes from the Arthur Rimbaud college in Rouen. The round is often defined as a sculpture “that can be walked around.” It is a relief sculpture that rests on a plinth.

From a level, a little beyond the previous proposals, the realization of a sculpture from a drawing sheet (Canson type), without losing a single piece, using only cutting and folding, requires patience and meticulousness.

A few models of independent shapes and in small format can help the pupils. Visual Arts fringe, base, accordion, rolling, holes, embedding.

I suggest you do this activity in three sessions:

– the first with scraps of thick paper where the students explore and exercise the different possibilities, first without the models you have prepared and then with (provide an excellent sample)

– the second where they can use the glue or the staple (under supervision)

– the third with just their scissors (and possibly a blow of cutter by you).

Colored paper is a plus.

A little cheating

Finally, I come back to the drawing. With the optical illusion, the 3D effect is impressive!

For CM students, the hand is always a success. Be careful to insist on the breaks between straight and curved lines with the black pencil.

If the effect is not sufficiently raised, do not hesitate to add lines.

Tutorial to show budding artists:

and for drawing stars (there is at least one in the class), take it to the next level!

Look for ‘ optical illusion drawing’ on Youtube, and you will find beautiful ones!

It is just a small overview of all the possibilities that paper offers. While surfing the web, particularly on networks like Pinterest, you will find inspiring pearls in galleries ( Blogduwebdesign, Vasty) or on specialized artist sites ( Owen Gildersleeve, Hector Sos). You will go, why not, on other types of similar material: tracing paper, newsprint, glossy magazine paper, packaging cardboard (cereal boxes), milk carton cardboard and fruit juice, aluminum foil.

Once your finds have been tested and adapted, you can offer them to your little students and indulge yourself in discovering all the potential that paper holds


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