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C R E A T E: Winter Patterned Tree Collages

December 15, 2017 | By Annie Rogers

‘Tis the season for sparkle and shine, and this lesson delivers on both! Metallic paint and Sharpies are always much-coveted materials at our art tables, and at this time of year, you can find them almost anywhere. Embrace the sparkle!

Time Frame: 30mins-1hr

Skill Level: age 4+


  • To explore patterns and repetition through both drawing and painting.
  • To learn elements of design by arranging mixed media elements.


  • Black Cardstock
  • Cotton balls or PomPoms
  • Metallic paint
  • Glue stick
  • Metallic Sharpie or Gel Pens


  1. Choose 2-3 colors of metallic paints.
  2. Dip your cotton ball into one shade of the paint, and cover your entire piece of paper.
  3. Layer another color over top.
  4. Allow your painting to dry.
  5. While the paint is drying, draw 4-5 different shapes for the tops of your trees on a different sheet of black cardstock. They can be circles, rectangles, triangles…anything goes!
  6. Inside each tree top, draw a different pattern using a metallic Sharpie marker or gel pen. Challenge yourself to make each pattern unique!
  7. Once you have finished adding your patterns, arrange  your trees on the (dry) metallic background. Glue them down using a glue stick.
  8. Finish up the collage by gluing on thin pieces of black cardstock for your trunks.

Tweak it!

  • Switch up the background: paint a whole sheet of watercolor paper with liquid watercolor in a variety of bold colors. Arrange and glue your black patterned trees as outlined above.

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    Starry Trees, by Elena, age 6