STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line

Students colour on cloth with fabric markers to create a visual souvenir that acts as a reminder of their experience reading a story and what they have learned from it.

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 4 to Grade 6


Language Arts
Visual Arts


colour line pattern repetition shape souvenir


Crayola Scissors Crayola Washable Glue Sticks Crayola Washable Glitter Glue Crayola Fine Line Markers - 12 Count Crayola Fabric Markers - 10 Count Polyester Cotton - 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm (12" x 12") - 1 piece per student Ribbon or Yarn Bamboo Skewers - 1 per student

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STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step One

Step One

  1. Think of the images that come to mind when you remember the story.
    - What is the strongest picture that you think of when you remember the story?
  2. Draw that picture on the copy paper.
  3. Use a fine line black marker to outline the drawing.
STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Tape the drawing onto a piece of white Bristol board using 4 small pieces of tape.
  2. Place the fabric on top of the drawing.
  3. Tape it in place with long pieces of masking tape along each side.
STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Use fabric markers to colour the picture directly onto the fabric.
  2. Press lightly.
STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Gently remove all the tape.
STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Place the fabric with the good side facing down on top of a pad of newsprint.
  2. Place a piece of blank newsprint on top of the fabric. 
STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Set the iron to cotton.
  2. Iron over the newsprint for about 30 seconds.
  3. This will set the colour and make it permanent.
STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Fold the side and bottom edges of the fabric under about 1 cm.
  2. Use a glue stick to glue them flat.
  3. Apply lots of glue to the top fold last.
STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step Eight

Step Eight

  1. Place a bamboo skewer along the glued surface at the top.
STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step Nine

Step Nine

  1. Fold the fabric over the skewer to hold it in place. 
STORY SOUVENIR – Colour, Shape, Line - Step Ten

Step Ten

  1. Attach yarn or ribbon to each end of the skewer.
  2. Add glitter glue to highlight some areas of the design.
  3. Reflect on your work.
    - What is there about this picture that reminds you of the story?
    - What are some of the things you remember about the story?
    - Why is this a good souvenir of the story?

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • compose a design that reminds them of a story they have read;
  • create a fabric souvenir;
  • explain how their story souvenir connects with the story they have read;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; 
  • support their ideas with evidence found in the artworks.


Have students:

  • do a research project on souvenirs;
  • compile their findings in a digital slide show;
  • share their work with their peers;
  • create a class display of souvenirs they have collected.


  1. Prior to this lesson complete a novel study with students.
  2. Download and display the Colour, Shape, Line, and Repetition posters available on this website.
    - review or teach the elements of colour, shape and line – analogous colours, highlights, shadows
    - review or teach the principle of repetition – placement of shapes
  3. Cut polyester cotton into 30 cm squares, enough for one per student.
  4. Gather a variety of souvenirs.


  1. View and discuss the souvenirs.
    - What are souvenirs? – 'se souvenir' is a French verb meaning to remember. Souvenirs are mementos that people keep to remind them of an experience.
    - Why do people buy/collect them? 
  2. Encourage them to think of an image that stands out in their mind for the story they have been reading. 
  3. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Compose a design that reminds you of the story you have read.
  2. Create a fabric souvenir.
  3. Explain how your story souvenir connects with the story you have read.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the artworks.

The Process

  1. Ensure that everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - used a variety of colours 
    - used different pressure when colouring with the fabric crayons

    - created different patterns
    - used a variety of lines and shapes 
    - created a design that connects with the story I read
    - created a hanging that is in good condition
    - explained how my design connects with the story
  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 into small groups.
  2. Ask them to: 
    - Share their designs and take turns discussing the things that are especially effective and why.
    - Talk about how the design connects with the story.
    - Talk about why the design is an effective souvenir.

    - Talk about what they found difficult and what they found easy to do.
  3. Share ideas with the whole class. 
  4. Ask students to tell how they felt about doing this project.


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss the souvenirs – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads – Souvenir_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads – Souvenir_self-assessment.pdf)