Shape and Line Remix
For Grades 3–8
Table of Contents
- Students will understand how an idea can be a creative starting point
- Students will understand how geometry can be a creative starting point
- Students will create Sol LeWitt–inspired sculptures
- Sol LeWitt PowerPoint
- 8 1/2 x 11 white paper (or graph paper)
- Pencils, bendable wire (such as bendaroos or pipe cleaners for youth, and wire for young adult)
- On an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper (or graph paper), ask your students to draw one of the following shapes with a pencil—square, triangle, or circle. Now ask your students to draw the exact same shape four more times (size, color, etc. should all be the same, but placement is up to the student).
- Display all the drawings. As a class, come up with one title that describes all drawings, and could also be a title for each individual drawing. An example would be: Five Geometric Shapes on an 8 1/2 x 11 Piece of Paper. This title is the idea behind all the artworks.
Show the Sol LeWitt PowerPoint, Slides #2–8. Now discuss the students’ drawings again. What do they think is the artwork—the title or the drawings?
- Using bendable wire, have students create an open three-dimensional shape that is a version of shape that they drew earlier—a square becomes a cube; a circle becomes a sphere; a triangle becomes a pyramid.
- After the three-dimensional shape is created, students can add more wire to finish their sculpture. Encourage them to view it from all sides and to make each viewpoint visually interesting.
- Title each artwork.
- Have students create another sculpture with the same title as their first sculpture. Compare and contrast the two sculptures. How are they the same and how are they different? Discuss which they think is more important: the title or the sculptures.
- Have each student trade titles with another student, who will create a sculpture with that title. Discuss which they think is more important: the title or the sculptures. Whose artwork is the sculpture—the student who created the title, the student who created the sculpture, or both?
- English Language Arts 1
- Math, Science, and Technology Standards 1 and 7
- Visual Arts Standards 1–3