DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast

Students create a mixed media dreamscape picture using a printing plate from a previous lesson, Crayola No-Run Glue and Construction Paper Crayons. 

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 4 to Grade 8


Language Arts
Visual Arts


colour composition contrast dreamscape repetition texture


Crayola Black Construction Paper 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x12") Crayola Construction Paper Crayons - 16 Count Crayola Glue Sticks Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue Printing Plate - from a previous lesson Pencils Copy Paper Soft Tissue Googly Eyes (optional)

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DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step One

Step One

  1. Place the printing plate shape on a piece of copy paper.
  2. Move it around until you have the perfect spot to begin your composition.
  3. Draw the dreamscape around your shape.
  4. This is your rough drawing.
DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Draw the dreamscape using Crayola No-Run Glue.
  2. Use the rough drawing as a guide.
  3. Don't worry if your glue drawing changes a little. 
  4. Do not outline the printing plate shape with glue. 
  5. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Cover the back of the printing plate shape with glue stick.
  2. Make sure you put lots of glue over the whole surface. 
  3. Press the shape into place and carefully apply pressure to the outer edges. 
  4. Turn the paper over and apply pressure to the entire surface of the shape. 
DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Colour inside the shapes using Crayola Construction Paper Crayons. 
  2. Decide if you want to colour the printing plate shape too. 
  3. Try blending colours, for example,
    - Use a light colour and a darker colour.
    - First colour in the entire shape with the light colour.
    - Then colour some of the darker colour over the light colour.
    - Press hard to lay down lots of crayon. 
DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Lightly polish the drawing using a soft tissue.
  2. The crayon will become smooth and shiny.
DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Add a googly eye if you need one.
  2. Give your drawing a title, e.g., this drawing is titled, 'I Dreamed I Went To Candy Land'.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • compose an imaginary scene using shapes, colours and textures; 
  • create a dreamscape using glue and crayon blending techniques;
  • use repetition and contrast to move the eye through the composition;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity;
  • support their ideas with evidence. 


Have students:

  • work in groups of about 6;
  • use their pictures to create a story with a strong beginning, middle and end;
  • create a written narrative;
  • practise reading it;
  • scan their pictures;
  • use their scanned pictures in a slideshow with recorded voice over;
    - an app such as Shadow Puppet is perfect for this task
  • view all the stories in a mini-festival;
  • write a review of the event.


  1. Prior to this lesson do the Edition of Prints printmaking lesson using tag manilla to make a printing plate. 
  2. Use the cleaned printing plate for this lesson. 
  3. Create a sample.
  4. Prepare a spot to place the glue pictures while they dry. Ideally do the glue drawing at the end of the day so you can leave the pictures on desks to dry overnight.


  1. Ask children to think about their printing plate animal and to imagine them dreaming of a special place they would like to visit.
  2. Brainstorm the kinds of places these might be and the details one might expect to see.
    - Remind them that in a dream anything is possible.
  3. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Compose an imaginary scene using shapes, colours and textures.
  2. Create a dreamscape using glue and crayon blending techniques.
  3. Use repetition and contrast to move the eye through the composition.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students. For example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - created a unique, imaginary scene
    - drawn shapes with glue
    - used colour, texture and shapes to express my ideas
    - used repetition and contrast to create movement
    - created a sturdy, well-crafted artwork
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
    - Show students the sample artwork and discuss how the lines were made of glue.
    - Explain that they will be using special crayons to get the luminous effect.
    - Explain that this is a two day project because the glue has to dry overnight.
    - They will do the drawings first, and colour them on another day.
    - Ask students to make a few test shapes to gauge how thick the lines will be and how it feels to draw with glue.
    - Encourage students to decide where they will place their printing plate shape to make the best composition.
    - Remind students to repeat shapes and lines throughout the composition.
  4. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  5. Observe students as they work.
  6. Remind students to stop and view their work from a distance so they can see it with fresh eyes. 
  7. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Display the completed paintings for a group discussion. Remind students of the challenge.
  2. Ask students to:
    Look closely at the drawings.
    - Choose one that interests you for some reason.
    - Share thoughts about the work.
  3. ​During the discussion include references to:
    imagination – how it has been used create an intriguing composition
    - repetition and contrast – how they have been used to get the eye to travel through the whole space
    - technique – the use of blending techniques and glue lines


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their pictures – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the pictures, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - Dreamscape_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - Dreamscape_self-assessment.pdf)