Integrate math and art with this deceptively simple art lesson.
Supportive of Common Core math standards addressing building, modeling, identifying, and drawing shapes, this lesson would be particularly helpful before students start practicing drawing geometric solids, or before they begin to draw representations of fractions. The pattern practice warm-up activity uses essential math vocabulary and visually models the art-making directions.
Students trace geometric shapes and fill them with patterns to create a colorful, pattern-filled, abstract design. This is a quick, fun, relaxing lesson that can easily be extended to make it even more math-rich. It is great for times when students need to have some relaxing down time. It’s a perfect lesson to leave for a substitute. It requires almost no preparation, uses no special materials, and allows for success for students of all abilities.
Patterns and Shapes is bundled with four other lessons in 5 Super Easy Art Lessons
This Lesson 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 a related read-aloud
- directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- suggestions for making connections to math
- suggestions for writing about art
- photographs of student art work for reference
Plus.... a Pattern Practice Warm-Up activity which uses essential math vocabulary, and an art reflection worksheet with extended pattern work.
This easy but comprehensive art lesson offers an opportunity for students to explore the elements of design line, shape, color, and pattern. It 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.
Other math-integrated art lessons:
Four Quick Art Lessons
Art Lessons With Patterns
Art With Symmetry
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
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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