Lesson Plan Title : Indian Corn Mosaic

Age Range: Grade 9 through grade 12 (High School)

Overview and Purpose: Students make a tile-like picture out of Indian corn in this lesson. They are challenged to use the whole paper to create their picture.

Objective: The student will be able to use the different colors of Indian corn kernels to create a picture.


Several cobs of various colors of Indian corn

Heavyweight paper

Cardboard squares the same size as the paper




Spray sealant


Have the students sketch a picture on heavy paper. They should use the whole paper in their picture. When they have finished, have them glue the paper onto the cardboard to create a firm base. They can then begin filling in the picture using the Indian corn kernels and glue. When they are finished, the whole paper should be covered with kernels. After the glue has dried, spray the picture with a sealant.

Wrap Up:

Consider offering students various sizes of paper to choose from, based on their interest in the project. Also, some students might create detailed drawings, but some may create simpler ones. Encourage all of them to consider what colors they are using and to stop occasionally and view their picture from a distance. This will help make the outlines more clear, and the picture easier to create.