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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Shape Collage

Created on December 02, 2012 by MrsImpey

This lesson can be used as an introduction or review to the following: primary vs. secondary colors and/or geometric vs. organic shapes.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify the primary and secondary colors.
2. SWBAT cut out geometric shapes.
3. SWBAT identify organic shapes.
4. SWBAT create a good composition using a balance of colors and shape placement.

1. Primary colored paper
2. Secondary colored paper
3. Glue sticks
4. Glue
5. Drawing paper
6. Black construction paper
7. Scissors

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1. Review with students what primary and secondary colors are.
2. Review geometric vs. organic shapes. Spend two days cutting out and gluing geometric shapes from primary colors. Discuss what makes a balanced art work (not all red shapes together, not all squares together, etc.). Talk about cutting out a variety of sizes and shapes to make it interesting.
2. Review organic shapes (no straight edges or corners). Spend two days cutting and gluing organic shapes onto white paper.
3. Glue both collages onto frame.

I am currently using this lesson with 2nd graders as a review of different shapes. We just did a Chihuly project using organic shapes, so this was good review. Next year, I think I will do this lesson before the Chihuly project.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art

Abstract Art

Balance, Color/Value, Proportion/Size, Shape, Space, Variety