Art, Clean Air

Cycling collage

Cycling has more than 150 years of history. It has become so deeply embedded in the history of mankind that it is the object of interest of many enthusiasts, collectors and museologists. The most popular items are related to competitive cycling. First of all, bicycle parts, clothing, and race bibs of competitors are collected, especially those who won well-known races, such as the Tour de France or the Peace Race. Sometimes exhibitions are dedicated to only one person, for example in Leipzig, former world champion and hero of the Peace Race, Gustav-Adolf Schur, has his own museum.

In an art game, you can challenge yourself to make a collage depicting a race. If you’ve ever supported a cycling competition, you probably remember that distance affects the world we see. People and objects far away appear smaller than those close to us. This is the secret of perspective. In your picture, buttons of different sizes will help to keep it.


– Familiarizing children with racing cycling

– To introduce children to perspective

Time: 30 minutes


  • collage – attachment 4.1
  • watercolor paints
  • brush
  • a cup of water
  • buttons (different sizes and always “to match”)
  • bibliopegic glue
  • black marker (optional)

Task flow

  1. We print the contours for the collage from attachment 4.1.
  2. We paint the picture as our imagination tells us.
  3. On the road visible in the picture, stick the buttons in pairs so that they symbolize the wheels of the bicycle. We stick to the rule that we place smaller buttons closer to the horizon, and larger ones closer to the front of the page.
  4. Between the buttons we paint (or draw with a marker) the figure of the cyclist.
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The post was created as part of a project co-financed by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.

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