ORGANIC AND GEOMETRIC SHAPES
Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K -5 | Age: 5 - 11yrs | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is on of the creators of KinderArt.com]
Students will learn about the difference between organic and geometric shapes. They will also learn about warm and cool colors.
- Students will learn about the difference between organic and geometric shapes.
- Students will learn about warm and cool colors.
What You Need:
- Geometric Shapes: such as circles, triangles, or squares have perfect, uniform measurements and don't often appear in nature. (from the Walker Art Center)
- Organic Shapes: are associated with things from the natural world, like plants and animals. (from the Walker Art Center)
- Warm Colors: make us feel warm -- (reds, yellows,oranges).
- Cool Colors: make us feel cool -- (blues, greens violets).
What You Do:
- paper (8 1/2" x 11" -- two sheets per student)
- pencil crayons or crayons or oil pastels
- a ruler or straight edge (optional)
- Talk about geometric shapes and organic shapes. (See vocabulary above). Find examples in and out of the classroom.
- Talk about warm and cool colors (See vocabulary above).
- Have students divide both of their papers into six squares, using their pencils. They can do this free hand or they might wish to use a straight edge or ruler.
- On sheet #1 -- using a pencil, have students fill each of their squares with organic shapes. These should not be recognizable objects. Rather, they should just be shapes. They can then color their shapes in using only warm colors or cool colors.
- On sheet #2 -- using a pencil, have students fill each of their squares with geometric shapes. These should not be recognizable objects. Rather, they should just be shapes. They can then color their shapes in using only warm colors or cool colors (whatever they did not use on sheet #1).
- Display the work together.
I Spy Shapes in Art
Each magnificent painting in this book has a different shape for you to find -- some are easy, but some are difficult. And when you have found them all, there are lots of other interesting things to spot. Lucy Micklethwait has selected a wonderful range of fine art by painters including Escher, Warhol, Matisse and Magritte. With a gloriously reproduced piece of art on each spread, this title is the ultimate picture-puzzle challenge for children, making art accessible and fun.
An exercise in both art appreciation and recognizing shapes, this book invites children to find one of 10 geometric forms in tiled details taken from several dozen artworks owned by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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