BEDAZZLED BROOCHES – Colour, Shape, Emphasis

Students use construction paper crayons and embellishments to create a sparkling brooch for someone special. 

Required Time

60 Minutes

Grade Level

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3


Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts


colour contrast emphasis line pattern shape


Construction Paper Crayons Glitter Glue White Glue Embellishments Brooch Pin Black Foam Core Board 5 cm x 7.6 cm (2" x 3")

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BEDAZZLED BROOCHES – Colour, Shape, Emphasis - Step One

Step One

  1. Use construction paper crayons to draw a design on the black foam core board.
  2. Create a pattern using shapes and lines.
  3. Press hard with the crayons to make your colours bright and strong.
BEDAZZLED BROOCHES – Colour, Shape, Emphasis - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Glue some embellishments on your brooch to emphasize parts of your design.
  2. Add more details with glitter glue to make your brooch extra sparkly.
BEDAZZLED BROOCHES – Colour, Shape, Emphasis - Step Three

Step Three

  1. When it is dry attach a brooch pin to the back of the foam core board.
BEDAZZLED BROOCHES – Colour, Shape, Emphasis - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Give your brooch to someone special.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a brooch;
  2. Create a simple pattern;
  3. Use colour and contrast to create emphasis;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.


  1. Have students create a gift card, for example the fan card found on this website at 
    I Am Your Biggest Fan
  2.  Encourage them to write a note explaining how the person receiving the gift, is special to them. 


  1. Precut the foam core board, enough for each student to have one. 
  2. Gather a variety of embellishments and place them in easy to access containers.
  3. Download images of brooches from the Internet.
    Round Brooch
    Stamp Brooch
    Simple Brooch


  1. Discuss gift giving in general.
    Why and when do we give gifts?
    - How do we choose the gifts we give?
    - What are some of their favourite gifts?
  2. Read a gift-giving story such as Rabbit’s Gift, by George Shannon or Random Acts of Kindness, by the Editors of Conari Press to connect with the idea of generosity.
  3. View the brooch images and discuss the use of line, shape, pattern and emphasis in the designs.
  4. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Create a brooch.
  2. Create a simple pattern.
  3. Use colour and contrast to create emphasis.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Ensure that everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    design has a simple pattern
    - colour is bright and strong

    - colour and contrast create areas of emphasis
    - brooch in good condition
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Place students in groups of about 6.
  2. Ask them to share thoughts about the works.
  3. During the discussion include references to: 
     Colour - How does the colour create contrast and emphasis?
    -  Shape and Line – How does repetition of shape and line create pattern?
    -  Technical Accomplishment - How does attention to detail contribute to the overall effect of the design?
  4. Ask volunteers to share some ideas with the whole class.


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience. 
  3. Have students reflect on their own artworks in their sketchbooks. Ask students:                                                                               - What worked well in your artwork? Why?                                                                                                                                              - What would you change or do differently next time?                                                                                                                                 - What will it feel like to give this brooch to someone special? Why?