Friday, November 25, 2011

Onomatopoeia art

It's been a while since I've posted a project - it always seems to be that I'll have a couple of weeks where we are "in process", then suddenly I'll have several finished projects to share (such as I do now.)

Inspired by a picture I saw on pinterest, I decided to do a lesson on onomatopoeias with my grade 5 and 6 art classes.

We started by talking about what onomatopoeia are, then we spend some time looking at some comic books, and some artwork by Litchenstein, Next, I showed the class a short video from the original Batman movie, and had them call out the onomatopoeias that flashed on the screen.

I had tracers available for students if they weren’t confident doing the lettering, but others just went off on their own and they all turned out so great.

When they were done the lettering, they coloured it in (using ONE color, unless they could make a VERY special case as to why they needed more) then cut it out carefully.

The next step was to collage an entire sheet of paper using old dictionary pages. Next, they traced a shape, such as an explosion or a cloud, on the back, and cut it out. After gluing their shape onto a new sheet of coloured paper, they cut it out, leaving a border. Then they glued THAT onto ANOTHER sheet of paper, then glued their word on top.

Look at how great they look!

This is a project that used a TON of paper, and there were scraps everywhere, but the results were so great that it was definitely worth it!
This took two 1 hour periods.


  1. I rarely comment on blogs, but this is such a wonderful versatile idea.

  2. Great idea, I will be trying this with my class! Thanks!

  3. Clever, clever idea! I am going to use it with my 5th grade language art students. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi
    I love this idea. What tracers did you use? Do you have your own set?

  5. Hi
    The art is spectacular. They are wonderful works of art! [ But could you do some more painting?

  6. This is right on time. Wonderful!

  7. Thank you. I pinned this activity to use this spring in my classroom.

  8. This is FANTASTIC! thank you!

  9. I am truly impressed with your painting form. Can you please help me on Aboriginal Art form collections? I am seeking this art form images from last few days, please help!

  10. Great art! Thanks for sharing. What size paper did you use?

  11. Great project; I plan to do this with my 6th grade class. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Where did you get the tracers? Do you have your own set or did you create your own? This goes great with our school theme of We are Unstoppable. Thanks for sharing. I am planning on doing this activity in the next few weeks.

  13. Hello Aly, I am a primary school teacher in London. As well as teaching, I also work for a company that produces lesson packs and projects for use in schools. The lessons and projects we devise combine practical activities, creative writing activities and iPad apps. I write the art packs. I stumbled across your blog while researching lesson ideas based on Roy Lichtenstein. I am now writing to you to ask if I could please use one of the photos from this blog post? Full credit would of course go to your blog.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my message, and I look forward to hearing back from you.


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