This no-prep art lesson introduces the concept of negative space. Students use common objects as tracing templates to create an interesting design using rotations and overlapping shapes. It is a great lesson to leave for substitutes, with directions that are easy to follow.
The lesson can be extended to address visual texture, rhythm and movement in a composition, and a little basic color theory. By substituting paint for crayon, students can also incorporate color-mixing and blending.
Use this lesson when you need a filler. It can be started with the whole class read aloud, introduction of vocabulary, and object tracing, and then can be finished at students’ own pace.
What’s That Shape? includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- suggestions for related read-aloud books
- directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- art extension suggestions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included: A challenging drawing extension
worksheet offered in two versions with differentiated levels of language support.
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
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What’s That Shape? is bundled
with four other lessons in 5 Super Easy Art Lessons
Additional quick and easy art lessons: Four Quick Art Lessons
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. 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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for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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