Geometric and Free Form Shapes
different kinds of shapes
Topography~The students begin with drawing an organic shape on a large piece of construction paper. After they have it cut out they re-trace it on another piece and copy the line only a little smaller. They keep this up until their pieces become small. Once all the pieces are cut out they start to glue them together and put a small piece of styrofoam or cardboard in between to get the height to really show.Try and place the styrofoam above one another, it will make it easier to press down.
SHAPE: Day 1:Students studied Matisse and what a collage is. I had a bunch of pre-cut squares/rectangles cut and they arranged and glued them on to a 12 X 18 colored paper of their choice. Day 2: Learned about organic shapes and positive/negative space. Students created various organic shapes and glued on using positive and negative pieces. Day 3: Compared Organic Shapes to Geometric shapes. Students cut smaller geometric shapes to add. The more the better!
Geometry Fun through the arts! I have a geometry unit coming up for my 5th graders. I think I will use this idea but include some parameters for my kids. For example, I could require the shapes in the center to be twice the size of the same shapes on the outside - as if looking through a magnifying glass - just to add some more math!