Baby Beluga Collage Art Project Lesson Plan

Art Techniques: Paper collage and drawing

This paper collage art project is wonderful to do while listening to Raffi’s song: Baby Beluga. It’s done using colorful construction paper. It’s fun to show pictures of beluga whales and show pictures from the book: Baby Beluga, by .

Grades: Kg - 2

Ages: 3 - 7

About this project:
Students enjoy drawing beluga whales in different positions: swimming, jumping, tail up or tail down. This is a project that can be completed in a 45 minute lesson. They have cute, round faces and have a friendly look on their face. To learn more about collage techniques, an interesting book to refer to is: Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini.

Materials needed:
  • Colored construction paper (1 sheet of 12”x18”, 1 sheet of white (9”x12”) and a variety of sea colors (9”x12”), sun colors, etc.
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • White glue
  • Demonstrate drawing a beluga whale in different positions.
  • Ask students to draw the whale on their paper, and then cut out.
  • Demonstrate ripping paper and glue it in a layered way on the larger sheet, to look like the movement of the ocean.
  • Glue the beluga whale on to the ocean composition.
  • Add a cut out sun, or other objects to the picture.

Art Therapy Ideas
Ask your client to do a picture of a beluga family. Where would they like to swim? What are they afraid of in the water? What do they like to do together?