# Art Lesson - Geometric Shape Collage - Math Integrated

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This abstract art lesson is embedded with math from start to finish.

Deceptively simple to introduce, this lesson presents students with a problem-solving task requiring a specific number of shapes and colors. These parameters make the activity more challenging than it appears from the finished product.

The lesson begins with a discussion of work by American artist Alexander Calder, which is used to activate students’ use of geometry vocabulary.

Geometric Shape Collage can be simplified or made more complex by the use of less or more specific requirements. Suggestions for variations and extensions are included. These variations make the activity appropriate for a range of grade levels.

This Geometric Shape Collage lesson packet includes the following:

- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for looking at art by Alexander Calder
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity itself
- problem-solving variations for different grade levels with increasing levels of complexity
- ideas for extending or varying the art making activity
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- a list of ideas for extending the lesson beyond art-making
- suggestions for writing about art and math
- a basic recording sheet for first grade
- a recording sheet for fourth and/or fifth grade
- photographs of student art work for reference

This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis.

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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A more basic version of Geometric Shape Collage, without the problem-solving variations, extension suggestions, or recording sheets, is bundled with two other lessons in Playing With Shapes - Four Math-Integrated Art Lessons

Other math-related art lessons of interest:
Art With Symmetry.
GeomARTry

For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art -- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art -- a free download

Art Task Cards -- for early finishers or art centers

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Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids, for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.

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