Magazine Collage Part 1


Students will use torn and cut up pieces of magazine pages to create colourful collages or paper mosaics. This is a two part lesson. In the first lesson they will brainstorm to make several rough thumbnail sketches of their ideas.

What You Need

  • magazines or photos
  • scissors
  • bristol board paper
  • pencils and markers
  • glue stick
  • paint

What You Do:

  1. Sketch and colour several thumbnail designs. Be creative with your ideas.
  2. Choose the design you like best and refine it further with markers. Use solid blocks of colours in your design. 
  3. Transfer your design onto large bristol board paper.
  4. Find pages in your magazines that matches the colour of your design.


Mosaics are made of tiny coloured pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. They can be used to decorate a floor, a wall or in some cases a ceiling. Mosaics have a long history. They were created in Ancient times in Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome. For several centuries, interest in the making of mosaics declined. It wasn't until the 19th century, when architects started to look at old ideas for new inspirations. Now, once again mosaics are popping up in public buildings and private homes.

Magazine Collage Examples

Magazine Collage Examples