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Instructional Objectives
Art Content Standards
Art Materials
Complete Lesson Plan



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Instructional Objectives:

Art Production:
• Students will learn to create unique decorative paste papers to be used later to decorate accordion books, star books, and for use in other future book arts lessons.
Art History:
• Students will learn about the history of paste papers and its use to embellish books. Students will also learn about the history of bookmaking.
• Students will observe paste paper illustrations in books and discuss the questions, “is bookmaking an art” and “is paste paper an art?”

Art Content Standards:

A. VISUAL MEMORY AND KNOWLEDGE: Students in Wisconsin will know and remember information and ideas about the art and design around them and throughout the world.
B. ART AND DESIGN HISTORY, CITIZENSHIP, AND ENVIRONMENT: Students in Wisconsin will understand the value and significance of the visual arts, media, and design in relation to history, citizenship, the environment, and social development.
C. VISUAL DESIGN AND PRODUCTION: Students in Wisconsin will design and produce quality original images and objects, such as paintings, sculptures, designed objects, photographs, graphic designs, videos, and computer images.
J. CULTURAL AND AESTHETIC UNDERSTANDING: Students in Wisconsin will reflect upon the nature of art and design and meaning in art and culture.
K. MAKING CONNECTIONS: Students in Wisconsin will use their imaginations and creativity to develop multiple solutions to problems, expand their minds, and create ideas for original works of art and design.

Art Materials:

1. 18x24” cardstock or other sturdy smooth and not very absorbent paper. Brown paper grocery bags may be used as well.
2. Paste – Ross Art Paste
3. Paint/pigment- tempera or acrylic paints can be used.
4. Containers to mix the paste and paints.
5. Plastic spoons to stir the paint and paste
6. Spray bottles filled with water to wet paper.
7. Foam brushes to wet the paper and to apply the colored paste.
8. Newspapers to cover tables.
9. Sponges and water to wet the paper and for clean up after the art project is done.
10. Mark making tools to stamp, roll, drag across surface of paper: ice scrapers, combs, forks, hair picks, stamps, toothbrushes and other mark making tools.


1. Divide the class into groups and assign them to stations. Each station will have the following:
a. Newspaper to cover table.
b. 18x24” white cardstock paper (or brown paper grocery bags) for each student.
c. Water bottle spray
d. Colored paste of various colors.
e. Foam brushes to apply the colored paste.
f. Foam brushes to apply water.
g. Sponges and water.
h. Tools to stamp, roll, or drag across the surface of the paper.

2. Wet the paper by spraying water on it (mention that students have the option of not wetting the paper if they don’t want to).
3. Demonstrate using a foam brush to apply the colored paste to the paper. It is fun to experiment with several colors and blending the colors on your paper. It is possible to blend too much and create “mud.” Also caution that too much colored paste may be messy, difficult to work with and cause the paper to rip. Too little of colored paste may cause it to dry too fast and difficult to make designs with.
4. Once you have the colors you like, use a tool or several tools to make a pattern or design on the surface of the paper.
5. Clean up. Wash all brushes, containers, tools and table tops. Put colored paste, and all other materials away.

Main | History of Paste Paper | Lesson Plan | Paste Paper Projects |
Questions? Contact Margaret Ball at

Page Last Updated 11/23/03