Migration - Art

Students will create a mixed media collage of an animal that migrates. Follow along for exercises, assessments, and projects that follow the Ohio Visual Arts Standards. This interdisciplinary
lesson, will exercise line, movement, rhythm, and more!

Download the full learning guide to access the Mixed Media Collage activity and use this page to navigate the artwork and the Canton Museum of Art’s information pages and videos.

The full Mixed Media Collage activity includes the following pages:

  • Line
  • Back-And-Forth Drawing
  • Active Line
  • Contour Line
  • Movement in Music
  • Mixed Media Drawing
  • Let’s Get Started!
  • Step-by-Step

Line Activity

Learning Objectives: Students will identify different types of lines used in art.

A line is a one-dimensional path created in space that travels from one point to the next. Lines can be different colors, sizes, lengths, and widths! The image to the right shows different kinds of lines used in creating art.

Look at the following art pieces and identify what kind of lines were used to create each piece. Additionally, click on the artwork or its title to find more information about the piece.

The Navigator
Kristen Cliffel

Mallards Descending
Bensen Bond Moore

Thomas Cornell

Types of Lines

Movement with Music Activity

Use the following musical clips for this activity.

Listening: 4 minutes

“Dance of the Comedians” from The Bartered Bride
Bedřich Smetana

Night on Bald Mountain
Modest Mussorgsky

Let's Get Started Activity

Students will be creating a mixed media drawing of an animal that migrates. Mixed media is simply a  combination of mediums- painting, drawing, charcoal, string, etc!  Students will be using contour and active line to create their  animal. Although there is a “Materials List,” these mediums may  be substituted for other classroom materials!


  • 11×14 watercolor paper  
  • Pencil 
  • Yarn 
  • Glue Water 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Watercolor Paint 
  • Oil Pastel 
  • Washable Markers