MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion

Students use paint and construction paper to make a paper bag model of their home and then show how it fits into their community.

Required Time

70 Minutes

Grade Level

Kindergarten to Grade 3


Art Techniques
Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts


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Crayola scissors Crayola Paint Brushes Small Brown Paper Bag Crayola Glue Sticks Small Plastic Bags Newspapers Crayola Tempera Paint Crayola Construction Paper Crayola White Glue

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MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion - Step One

Step One

Gather your materials. 

MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion - Step Two

Step Two

Choose a piece of construction paper in a colour similar to your home. Cut the construction paper the size of the front of your paper bag. Glue the construction paper onto the front of your paper bag. This will be the front of your home. 

MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion - Step Three

Step Three

Choose a colour of construction paper for the windows of your home. Try to make the size, shape and location of your windows look like the windows in your home. Cut out the large shapes of your windows and glue them to the front of your home. Cut narrow strips of construction paper to frame the windows. Use the same colour as your home. Glue them onto and around the outsides of the windows. 

MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion - Step Four

Step Four

Cut out a front door that matches the colour of the door on your home. Glue your door in place. Cut narrow strips of construction paper to trim the door. Make them the same colour as the ones on your home. Glue them onto and around the outsides of the front door.


MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion - Step Five

Step Five

Use a small paint brush and Crayola paint to add details to your home, white lines for bricks, for example.

MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion - Step Six

Step Six

Use construction paper to cut out and glue on any other embellishments such as your home number, a mail box etc.

MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion - Step Seven

Step Seven

Gather some old newspapers or plastic bags. Stuff them inside the paper bag to provide structure and support for your home. Stand your home up to make sure you have enough support.

MY HOME, OUR COMMUNITY – Form, Colour, Proportion - Step Eight

Step Eight

Make a roof by folding a piece of construction paper and gluing it to the top of your home. Add a chimney if your home has one. Glue your home onto a cardboard base covered with construction paper. Add other details, such as trees, a fence, or plants to make your model look realistic.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a three-dimensional model of their home using a stuffed paper bag as an armature;
  2. Use paint and construction paper to accurately show the features and details of their home; and
  3. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.



  1. Have students create an entire neighbourhood, placing their own home on the appropriate street and adding other community features such as parks, libraries, schools etc.
  2. Have students research the history of their neighbourhood answering questions such as:
    - Who first settled here?
    - Why did they choose this location?
    - Are there any historical buildings or artifacts that reference earlier days? 


  1. Prior to this lesson, take students on a community walk.
  2. Create an anchor chart of student findings, including types of homes, community features and amenities etc.
  3. Ask students to bring in a picture of their home.
  4. Display student pictures.
  5. Gather the materials needed for this project.


  1. Lead a discussion about different types of homes.
  2. Ask students to note what makes their home unique and special to them; what similarities and differences do they notice among the homes in their community?
  3. Have students create drawings of their homes, showing the size and locations of windows and doors as well as the colours of each surface.
  4. Encourage students to think of the kinds of details they will need to include in order to make their home look realistic.
  5. Ask students to think about ways that they can show different building materials such as brick, wood siding, stucco etc.
  6. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Create a three-dimensional model of your home using a stuffed paper bag as an armature.
  2. Accurately show the features of your home including doors, windows etc.
  3. Place your completed house on a base and decorate the outside to show what your home looks like including fences, trees, shrubs and flowers.
  4. Demonstrate planning ability, accuracy and technical accomplishment.

The Process

  1. Encourage students to refer to the pictures of their home to ensure accuracy as they proceed.
  2. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  3. Make sure that everyone understands the process.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Once all the models are complete ask students to work in small groups taking turns sharing their work with each other.
    Look closely at the models.
    - Share thoughts about the work.
  2. During the discussion include references to:
    detail – how it has been used to make the models look realistic
    - texture – how different materials add a variety of textures to different areas in the model making it more interesting to look at
    - technique – how different building materials such as bricks have been created
  3. Once students have had a chance to share their work in small groups ask for volunteers to share something interesting they learned with the whole class.
  4. If this lesson is part of a community study, consider setting up a model showing the streets where the students live. Have them place their house on the correct street in the appropriate location.
  5. Lead a discussion about the community under headings such as,
    - Types of Houses
    - Community Amenities (parks, community centres, libraries, restaurants, shops, etc.)


  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. Use a checklist to track progress. (Download - HOME_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download - HOME_self-assessment.pdf)