“Art Lessons in the Classroom”: ArtsEd Washington Curriculum Portal

Lesson 3: Shapes to Represent Objects

Description of Project:
Students recognize basic shapes in objects and draw the objects they see. (First of two lessons.)

Problem to Solve:
How does the artist make something look real?

Student Understanding:
Use of observation and recognition of basic shapes contributes to making objects look real.

Learning Standards:
Visual Art 
1.1.a Brainstorm collaboratively multiple approaches to an art or design problem.

1.2.a Mark art or design with various materials and tools to explored personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

2.1.a Experiment with various materials and tools to explore personal interests in a work of art or design.

7.1.a Perceive and describe the aesthetic characteristics of one’s natural world and constructed environments.

7.2.a Categorize images based on expressive properties.

9.a Use learned art vocabulary to express preferences about artwork.

10.a Create works of art about events in home, school, or community life.

Common Core ELA
2.SL.2 Recount and describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Common Core Math
2.G.A.1. Recognize and draw shapes having specific attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and cubes.


Related Examples

Washington Masterworks: from the Tacoma Art Museum and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

Photos courtesy of the Tacoma Art Museum and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.