Shape Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Need to add some flair to your instruction on shape art? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain the basics of this genre and an activity gives students the chance to create their own work of shape art.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'shape art'
  • identify the elements of shape art
  • list different styles of shape art


1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


  • Assorted examples of shape art for display
  • Heavy paper in white and black
  • Paper in assorted colors and styles
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes
  • The quiz associated with the lesson

Key Vocabulary

  • Geometric shapes
  • Organic shapes
  • Bauhaus
  • Cubism
  • Futurism
  • Vorticism
  • Russian suprematism
  • Swiss design
  • Minimalism
  • Fractal art


  • Begin by displaying the examples of shape art for the class, asking them what similarities they notice among the pieces during a brief class discussion.
  • Now have the class read the introduction and 'Definition of Geometric Shapes' sections of the text lesson What Are Geometric Shapes in Art? - Definition, Names & List.
  • Ask the class to identify any examples of geometric or organic shapes in the shape art on display.
  • Instruct the class to read the rest of the text lesson now.
  • As they are reading, write the key vocabulary words on the board.
  • Review the meaning of each of the key terms with the class before continuing.

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