SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture

Students use paint, oil pastels, handprinted papers and a variety of materials to design an imaginary scene.

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SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture


  • Crayola Oil Pastels
  • Crayola Washable Paint
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Washable Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Markers
  • Crayola Washable Glue Sticks
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Variety of Embellishments
  • Stamp Shapes
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Palettes (Paper Plates)


Step 1
  1. Think of the important details in your story.
  2. How will you show them in your illustration to set the scene for the story?
  3. Make several thumbnail sketches and then a rough plan drawing.
  4. Use this plan to guide you as you create your mixed media scene.
Step 2
  1. Use paint and the foam shapes, and any other objects to print interesting patterns on several pieces of construction paper.
  2. Fill the paper with patterns and contrasting colours.
Step 3


  1. Make some construction paper beads to add texture to your scene.
  2. Start by cutting small rectangles.
  3. Cut the rectangles into isoceles triangles.
  4. Put glue on the thin part of the triangle.
  5. Make sure it goes right to the tip.
  6. Make sure you do NOT put glue near the base of the triangle.
Step 4
  1. Place a bamboo skewer along the base of the triangle.
  2. Gently roll the paper around the skewer.
  3. Remove the paper bead from the skewer.
Step 5
  1. Make lots of paper beads to add to your collection of printed papers.
Step 6
  1. Cut shapes out of your printed papers.
  2. Add painted details to your composition.
  3. Use line, colour and lots of different materials to add texture and interest to your work.
  4. When you are almost finished place the scene where you can see it from a bit of a distance.
  5. Check to see if there is enough contrast to make the important shapes stand out.
  6. Check to see if there is anything else you need to do?
  7. Keep working until you are satisfied with the final piece.
  8. Look at it from a distance to see it with fresh eyes.
  9. This is the setting for a story.
    - What can you tell about the story by looking at this setting?
    - What do you see that makes you say that?
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Visual Arts,

    • Media Literacy

  • Grades:

    • Grade 1,

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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