Introduce students to sculpture as an art genre with this math-connected art activity that focuses on the art elements line, shape, and space. Students build three-dimensional structures and then translate their sculptures into two-dimensional drawings.
This common STEM activity is made more challenging with the drawing component, which highlights polygons created by the building process. Additional problem-solving challenges are easily embedded in the process with the addition of specific design parameters.
Included with this lesson is a page of ideas for embedding additional challenge and problem-solving into the activity, and a page of ideas for art extension. Also included is an art reflection worksheet with prompts to help students think about and assess their creative process.
Polygon Sculpture is bundled with two other lessons in 3D Art: Introduction to Sculpture.
This lesson includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- national visual arts standards information
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for observing photos of sculpture
- 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 in this resource:
• ideas for adding challenge and problem-solving to the building process
• ideas for art extension with color
• an art reflection worksheet designed to help students assess their own art work
This 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.
Related art lessons:
Geometric Shape Collage
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start with Art
-- introducing the elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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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
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