SPRING HAS SPRUNG – Texture, Colour, Mixed Media

In this two-part lesson students explore colour and texture as they create a mixed media picture about spring using colour glue, construction paper and oil pastels.

Required Time

60 Minutes

Grade Level

Kindergarten to Grade 3


Language Arts
Visual Arts


colour contrast mixed media texture


Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") Crayola Scissors Crayola Oil Pastels - 16 Count Crayola Colour Glue Crayola Washable Glue Sticks

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG – Texture, Colour, Mixed Media - Step One

Step One

  1. Choose a colour for the background of your picture.
  2. Cut out some shapes for the ground.
  3. Glue them along the bottom of your paper.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG – Texture, Colour, Mixed Media - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Draw details with coloured glue.
  2. Set the picture aside to dry overnight.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG – Texture, Colour, Mixed Media - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Add more details using oil pastels.
  2. Choose colours that will make your details stand out.
  3. Think about things that feel like spring.
  4. How can you show them?
SPRING HAS SPRUNG – Texture, Colour, Mixed Media - Step Four

Step Four

  1. View your picture with fresh eyes.
    - How does it make you feel?
    - What did you draw that makes you say that?
    - What do you like best about your picture?
    - How does using 3 different kinds of media - paper, glue and oil pastels affect the way the wotk looks?

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • create a mixed media picture inspired by spring;
  • include details that remind them of spring;
  • draw directly with coloured glue;
  • use contrasting colours to make the details stand out; 
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity;  
  • explain their process.


Have students:

  • work in small groups;
  • choose several objects, such as toys, rocks, tools;
  • arrange their pictures so they can be used to tell a story;
  • create a story to go with their pictures and objects;
  • practice telling the story;
  • present their stories to the class.


  1. Gather and make available books about spring such as Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book), by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal; And Then It's Spring, by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead; Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert; When Spring Comes, by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek; Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring, by Kenard Pak; and The Spring Book, by Todd Parr.
  2. Download and display the Colour and Contrast posters available on this website.
  3. Teach or review,
    - Colour - primary and secondary colours, contrasting colours
    - Contrast - strong differences
  4. Record changes in the weather, environment, student's activities, and student's clothing for several days or weeks.
  5. Make sure you have a place for glue pictures to dry overnight.


  1. Review the chart of all the changes that students have noticed.
  2. Conduct a read-aloud with a book such as Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring, by Kenard Pak focussing on the attributes of spring.
    - vegetation begins to grow - grass, buds on trees, flowers
    - warmer, sunnier weather
    - rainy weather
    - longer days
    - birds return from the south
    - baby animals are born 
  3. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Create a mixed media picture inspired by spring.
  2. Include details that remind you of spring.
  3. Draw directly with coloured glue.
  4. Use contrasting colours to make the details stand out.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  6. Explain how you made your picture.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - used my own ideas to make my picture
    - drawn details that remind me of spring
    - used contrasting colours to make the details stand out
    - drawn directly with coloured glue
    - kept my paper in good condition
    - shared my ideas with others
    - explained how I made my picture
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in the lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Gather students to view and discuss their pictures. Ask students to share:
    what they learned about making a mixed media picture;
    how they made their details stand out in the picture;
    - the details they included that remind them of spring;
    - what they like best about their pictures and why.
  2. Display all the pictures as a body of work.
  3. Encourage students to view the pictures and to notice how they are similar and how they are different.


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their pictures – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the picture, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - SpringSprung_tracking.sheet.pdf)
  5. Have primary students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - SpringSprung-self-assessment.pdf)