This math-integrated art lesson focuses on shape, color theory, and the use of negative space.
The art lesson requires students to consider what geometric shapes
might be used to represent facial features. Geometric shapes are used to create an abstract face collage using predominately two colors.
The lesson is inspired by and introduced with an observation of a self-portrait by Pablo Picasso. Students identify and discuss the artist’s use of geometric shapes in his painting.
A writing activity can extend the lesson and further connections to math can be made by introducing a discussion about symmetry.
This is a simple lesson that lends itself to a variety of extensions and which can be made more complex or more simple according to student need.
This art lesson includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for looking at art by Pablo Picasso
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included with this lesson is an art reflection student worksheet
with prompts to facilitate thinking and writing about art work.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
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This lesson is bundled with other lessons in
Art Lessons With Faces
Related art lessons:
Fun With Abstract Faces
Additional Art Lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a sampler of my Art-integrated resources
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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