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Elements of art: Shape 2/3 and 4/5

Posted on: September 7, 2009

art 018pinCreative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week 3    Grade   2/3 and 4/5

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of Art: Shape

Cost per student: $.10

Materials: scissors, sticky vinyl, straightedges, pens, old promotional pins/buttons

Optional: permanent markers, those crazy craft scissors that make fancy shaped cuts

Prep: cut up the vinyl into smaller pieces so it’s easier to distribute to kids (I have pie tins filled with pieces ranging in size from a quarter to a business card, lots of colors mixed together). Cut up some vinyl so it’s the right size to easily recover a pin to form a blank canvas for their shape work.

Students will be able to identify shapes in artwork, and create their own composition using shapes.

Vocabulary: shape, geometric, free form, composition

1. Gather the kids in a group and ask them to tell you what a shape is; you will probably get examples (triangle, circle, etc.). Go ahead and write these down on the board but look for a definition. Depending on your group, you may need to offer up the suggestion that a shape has height and width but could have any edges you can dream up. Maybe make a T-chart with geometric and free form shapes and hand out some examples of geometric and free form shapes. After placing some examples by taping them onto your T-chart, have the kids see if they can add them, too.

2. Check out pages 9, 10, and 11 in Art in Action and look for shapes in the art work examples.

3. Show the kids the old pins (mine are from the ’07 summer reading program – a donation to SCRAP, we sell them for $.05 each). Remind them that the point is super sharp, and to leave it closed until they are ready to pin it to something. We need to cover them first, to make a blank canvas to add their shapes to. For the 2/3 graders, I will have the right size cut up already; for the 4/5 I will lead them through the process since it’s a good exercise in 3-D geometry. Covering the pins: mine are square and rectangular. Trace the shape on the backside of the sticky vinyl. Add about ¼ inch border with a straight edge. Cut it out and snip each corner turning it into a sort of awkward octagon. Peel off the backing and apply from the center on out, smoothing the bubble away with your fingers, then tuck the flaps around the back. Tips for covering circular buttons would be similar; trace the button, add ¼ inch concentric border. Cut it out, then snip perpendicular tabs all around to the inner border. Apply to button and smooth tabs underneath.

4. Put out the scissors and smaller bits of sticky vinyl. Remind them that all scraps of vinyl from cutting get put back in the stash, and all pieces of backing get thrown out. Layering shapes to create a composition make a cool little pin for their backpacks, sweatshirts etc. You might want to put initials on the backside of the pins in permanent marker to avoid mix-ups.

5. Clean up and admire all the clever designs!

Reflections and feedback:

Another option would be to recover magnets using the same vinyl; SCRAP has tons of promotional magnets about the size of a business card that were misprints or whatnot and kids like those, too.

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