Observing our first year Stage III children during "free art" - usually at the end of our classes - I noticed that many of them seemed to love constructing with paper and other materials. I changed plans, and designed art experiences to incorporate the children's natural proclivity for the building process. We began constructing compositions using cardboard scraps. Much attention was paid to the elements and principles of art. We discussed how to use shape and line to create excitement and unity in our compositions. Looking at the constructions of Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg and Agnes Martin inspired and informed our study. Later, we used acrylic and tempera paints, exploring color relationships in our pieces.