You’ve printed out a few shapes. Now what? This how-to goes above and beyond passing out the crayons. I always find working in water colors an art activity that young students enjoy. This project lets the kids flex their artistic muscles, while recognizing and naming shapes.
I’m always a fan of sneaking in one content area, when you’re doing a lesson in another. What stuck out in this lesson plan was the way in which this teacher takes a math (shape) lesson and combines it with an activity focusing on mixing the secondary colors (both art and science).
Even though I’m not always a fan of worksheets, I really like that this resource has geometry basics. If you need a quick circle (or other shape) printable for a project – you can find it here. Your students can color these or you can have them cut the shapes out and use them for a collage!
I love that this kindergarten teacher jumps right in to an art activity on day one! Not only is her craft cute, but it clearly uses a variety of geometric shapes. It doesn’t only help your students to learn about the shapes, but it also lets you see what they know (coming in to the school year).
Building a stand-out visual arts lesson (especially one that connects to another curricular area, such as math) isn’t exactly easy. The J. Paul Getty Museum does an excellent job helping educators to understand what students are able to do and how to get the ball rolling. While this article doesn’t include a specific ‘lesson’, I’ve found the general ideas to be extremely helpful when setting up a framework for creating art-math activities.