Pop-up Art / Diorama

Art Club is back!

For our first art club meeting, I decided to do something fun, easy enough, but that can also be challenging. This project is slightly different than a diorama, since we don’t use a box to create our art in.

We used old foamcore sign panels, which I cut up in small pieces, poster board for the background and regular paper for the images popping out. Here’s a list of supplies:

  •  old foamcore signs (cut about 1/2″ square)
  • markers
  • elmer’s glue
  • scisors
  • posterboards (or cardboard)
  • white construction paper or regular paper
Gulf stream by Homer Winslow

Gulf stream by Winslow Homer

We started the project by learning foreground, middleground and background. I showed the painting Gulf Stream by Homer, asking children to see what elements were closer to them (foreground), second closest (middleground) and the furthest (background). This exercise helped them understand how to construct their own artwork.

Drawing a background

They started by creating a background on their piece of posterboard. Then, on the piece of paper they created elements to be cut out and glued on the background. Depending on their creation, some objects would be closer, or popping out more, by gluing 3 or more pieces of foamcore. The objects that were further, would pop out less, only gluing 1-2 pieces of foamcore on the back of them.

cutting drawings to add to their background


adding elements that pop-out

adding elements that pop-out