Program in a Post: Torn Paper Landscapes

Photo courtesy of the author.

Photo courtesy of the author.

With this blog post and less than $15 (or $0 if you have the supplies on hand) you can present a fun, easy & creative art program for families and children of all ages.


  • glue sticks ($)
  • cardboard/cardstock cut into a variety of sizes. We used old magazine covers, pieces of cardboard boxes and old file folders.
  • construction paper ($)
  • photos from magazines or calendars (optional)
Photo courtesy of the author.

Photo courtesy of the author.

Format: One hour long open house.

Room setup:

  • Tables & chairs for attendees.
  • Projector to run a PowerPoint presentation of landscape photographs or print outs of landscape photographs taped up near the supply table.
  • Supply table at the front of the room with cardboard/cardstock, construction paper & magazine/calendar pictures (optional). Label the supplies (collage bases, colored paper, pictures)
  • Glue sticks on each table.
  • Display sign with simple instructions and a definition of landscape and collage.
  • Music.
  • On display: Non-fiction books about collage, picture books with collage illustrations and CDs (by the band/artist you are playing during the program).

When I ran this program a few weeks ago I greeted customers at the door and provided them with a simple explanation of what was happening. “We’re making torn paper landscapes today. Stop & pick up supplies. You’ll need a collage base and some colored paper and/or pictures to tear up. Glue is on the tables and there is a slideshow of landscapes running.” If I was occupied elsewhere, the sign near the supply table provided them with enough information to get started.

The youngest child in attendance was 6 months old and the eldest was 12. Some families stayed for 10 minutes, others for 40.

If you are interested, I would be happy to share the landscape PowerPoint/photos, just comment here.

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9 Responses to Program in a Post: Torn Paper Landscapes

  1. Terri Savago says:

    I would love your PowerPoint. I am looking for a family program and this seems perfect1 thank you for posting.

  2. Coli Creach says:

    I am looking into doing more programs at my library with families and would love to see your powerpoint and pictures. Thanks for the post.

  3. Heather says:

    The PowerPoint should be in your inboxes. Have fun!

  4. Mim Gottschalk says:

    Great program! I’d love to have the PowerPoint, please. Thanks!

  5. Janet Thompson says:

    Wonderful idea Heather. I especially like that there was music going along with directions and materials so patrons could come, create, and enjoy themselves without requiring a lot of instruction from you. The art was probably all the better for that. I’d love to see more examples, and of course your powerpoint.

  6. Ann Daniels says:

    Sounds great. I’d love to see the PowerPoint.

  7. Sam Bloom says:

    I know I’m awfully late to this conversation, but I would be interested in the PPT as well – thank you! And thanks for this great idea!

  8. Heather Acerro says:

    It is in your inbox :)

  9. Pat Connor says:

    Late to the party, but I would love to have the PowerPoint. What a great idea.

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