Summer Sunshine Collage

by , posted on May 28th, 2013 in Art School

summer sunshine collage

I don’t know about you, but summer is on my kids’ brains. Sunshine is lingering longer and longer. Bedtimes are being pushed back further and further. And since a lot of the nation will be out of school in just a few days, what better way to kick off summer than with an art lesson on sunshine and summer.

Have your kids ever wondered why the school year ends at the beginning of summer and school begins at the end of the season? The reason is to take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days. Did you know sunlight can be recorded? It takes about 8.3 minutes for sunlight to reach Earth. Sunshine is also known to make people happy.

Today using tissue paper, glue, water, a paintbrush, and some cardboard we are going to create our own sunshine. Have your child discuss the colors they see when the sun sets or even rises (if they are early risers). Children may notice how it appears to change or can be multiple colors at the same time. Using these colors as the inspiration, choose several tissue paper choices.


Cut your tissue paper into pieces about 2×2 inches.


Using white glue, water it down a little bit so that it’s paintable with a brush. Thick cardstock or cardboard backed canvas is ideal because it will get wet as you paint with glue. Use a paintbrush and layer a thin amount of the water/glue solution on the canvas. Then place tissue paper on top. Follow with a thin layer of glue solution.



Feel free to encourage layering of pieces, they can be placed intentionally or haphazardly.



Slowly sunshine and rays appear. I feel happier already :)

sunshine collage

Be sure to cover the entire surface with tissue paper. If tissue paper hangs over the edges, just bend them back and secure with a little glue. Now every room in your house can have it’s own bit of sunshine.


happy summer collage

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5 Responses to “Summer Sunshine Collage”

  1. Jillian In Italy Says:

    May 28th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Love these!

  2. Jennifer F. - American Mom in Bordeaux Says:

    May 29th, 2013 at 2:39 am

    These are great!! So easy and so fun!! Yes, we need some sunshine here!!Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Anne S Says:

    June 30th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this craft. It looks like a lot of fun and is definitely very cheerful!

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