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Lesson 04: Shape

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    Class# 4: Geometric and Non-geometric Shapes  Feb. 1-5, 2016


    Materials needed: 

    Watercolor paper

    Drawing pencils


    Crayons or paint



    CSLO 1.3 Student will be able to draw sketches with geometric and non-geometric shapes.

    CSLO 3.1 Student will be able to evaluate hes/her own work of art.

    Shapes are a defined area and made by closing a contour line.  Shapes are two-dimensional which means they have length and width.  All shapes can be classified into two categories.  The first is geometric shapes. Geometric shapes are regular shapes, easy to recognize, usually man-made and usually have a name.  An example is a square, rectangle, or triangle.  Non-geometric shapes or organic shapes don’t follow rules, are not man-made, and are round and irregular.  Organic shapes are usually found in nature.  Some examples are leaves, flowers, clouds.

    Here are some examples of artists that used shapes.

    An artist named Henry Matisse, a 20th century artist, was known for exploring the mixing of geometric and organic shapes.  He developed a style of art making called paper cut-outs.  Matisse would cut shapes out of colored paper and arrange the shapes to form pictures.

    The assignment for this week is to create two drawings.  One drawing will focus on geometric shapes and the second drawing will focus on organic or non-geometric shapes.


    Geometric Shapes:

    1.     Imagine what it looks like under water along a reef.  What types of fish would you see?  What types of coral and other sea plants would you see?,_Henri/The_Beasts_of_the_Sea_1950.jpg

    2.     Make your own colored paper by painting or coloring entire sheets of white paper one color.  Use the watercolor paper so the paper doesn’t curl.

    3.     Using scissors cut the paper into different geometric shapes that you can use to recreate the underwater view of the reef.

    4.     Then, arrange the cut-out shapes on a large colored piece of paper.  Move the pieces around, rotate them, and experiment with layering.

    5.     When you are satisfied with the design, glue the shapes in place.


    Organic Shapes:

    1.     Repeat steps 1 and 2 for geometric shapes.

    2.     Using scissors cut the paper into different organic/non-geometric shapes that you can use to recreate the underwater view of the reef.

    3.     Then repeat steps 4 & 5 from the geometric shapes directions.



    After you have done your geometric and non-geometric drawings, scan your work and upload it onto your Flickr page.  In the Flickr “Description” panel be sure to include which drawing is geometric and which drawing is non-geometri.  Complete the "Student Rating" section of the rubric for this assignment.  The rubric is located in the files at the bottom of this page.  Email the completed rubric to your instructor at art101intructor@com.fsm.  All drawings should be uploaded to your Flickr page by Sept. 11th.  Any work that has not been uploaded by the evening of Feb. 5th will be marked down one letter grade.


    This concludes the fourth class for AR101.  If you have any questions regarding the material or assignment please email your instructor at art101intructor@com.fsm

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