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Reviewing Art Elements, Part 1: Line and Shape Game

I borrowed this idea from Cheri Harrell at

Here is my formal lesson plan.

Here are the guts of the activity. Most of my students enjoyed the game a good deal.

  1. Instructor displays three posters. One shows images of the following types of lines: vertical, horizontal, slant, curve, wavy, zigzag, and curlicue. The second shows types of geometric shapes: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, trapezoid, parallelogram, pentagon, hexagon, and octagon. The third shows a variety of organic shapes, some recognizable (such as a banana shape,) and some not. Each of these items is given a name which is written clearly under it.
  2. Instructor describes the rules of the game:
    1. Each student begins with a pencil or pen and a sheet of paper.
    2. Each student is to create a scene or abstract composition.
    3. Each student is given a turn to call out any shape or line they want.
    4. All the class must use that shape or line in their drawing. If someone calls out a line or shape a student had not planned to use in the art, they have to figure out some way to use it anyway.
    5. Students have 10-30 seconds to include the line or shape before the next one is called.
    6. If there is time after the game, students color the resulting picture.
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