Art Lesson- Abstract Shapes Picture

Shapes are everywhere. Anything that you look at can be broken down into basic shapes. Teaching children this basic concept can open the door to endless creative possibilities as well as teaching them their shapes.
5 year old "The Soccer Game"

Classified: Easy and is great for preschool all the way to adult!

What you need:
Various colors of construction paper
Glue Sticks
9x12" White paper

What to do:
1. Preparation: Depending on the age group you are working with, you may want to pre-cut various shapes out of different colored construction paper (different sizes too!) If you are working with preschool aged children (as I am in this post) take this opportunity to review the basic shapes.

2. Display images of artists that used basic shapes in their artwork. Suggestions: Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Wassily Kadinsky are great starters!
I also suggest the book: I Spy Shapes in ArtI Spy Shapes in Art By Lucy Micklethwait for younger children.

3. Talk about what image that your child/student would like to create. Have them pre-plan their image before they are ready to glue the shapes into place.

4. Once they are certain their picture is they way they intend it to be, have them glue the shapes down.
3 year old "Dancing in Bright Lights"

5. Optional: Using crayons (or markers) draw in any details.

Remember that "it is the process and not the product." Challenge older children by using either larger (or smaller) sheets of paper and or shapes.

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  1. I really like this idea. What a fun way to teach about shapes and a fun way to take a peek at the child's imagination!

  2. Ah lovely to explore shapes and love how you have taking it back to shapes in art too! Great project!

    Thanks for linking to Kids Get Crafty!


  3. I love this idea! I have an older one too who could help me cut out many of the shapes. Would be good for his fine motor skills. :)


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