Quick & Easy Layered Process Art

Encourage creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills while exploring natural wonders of the world with this Quick & Easy Layered Process Art. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! collage of layered process art images with text: Layered Process Art for PreschoolersThe little guy and I are having a wonderful time exploring the world and today’s Quick & Easy Layered Process Art inspired by the Grand Canyon was nothing less than spectacular! 

child inking edge of cardstock with ink pad
child gluing inked cardstock to white background
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child adding torn cardstock to white background paper
A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

child gluing torn blue cardstock onto white background paper
child adding ink to the edge of blue cardstock
I really can’t get over how much fun the little guy and I had with this activity. Not to mention it gave us the opportunity to practice a new art technique. 

child gluing torn cardstock to white background paper
The Grand Canyon is almost 300 miles long. It is made up of different layers of rocks that have many craters ad holes. A river runs through the Grand Canyon. People visit the Grand Canyon to hike, bike, or camp. 

One of my favorite things about this curriculum is that we can use it for both kiddos. Of course, it’s perfect for baby girl just the way it is and for the little guy we just add a few additional nonfiction read alouds. After all, children learn best through play regardless of their age.  

Layered Process Art

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Paper
  • Background Paper
  • Crayons
  • Glue

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out Inspiration Photo and additional supplies. 


  • How will you “tear & share” the paper layers?
  • Will you tear the colors into different lengths?
  • What kind of repeating pattern can you make? 
  • How could you tear paper into different shapes? 


  • Did the child plan and create an intended effect with the materials? 
  • Did he or she stay focused on creating layers with different colors? 

child adding torn paper with inked edges to white background cardstock
layered process art in progress on tray surrounded by color ink pads
I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We love open-ended art! Process art gives both kiddos the opportunity to keep their hands busy during read alouds as well as experiment with new textures and techniques. 

layered process art using pink, blue, and purple torn paper
With this particular layered process art, the little guy and I worked with ink to create texture and depth. Did I mention that activities such as this one are a wonderful sensory experience for little kids?    

child's layered process art on white background paper
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