Fun Shapes

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Through a grand discussion and examination of Julie Speed’s and Kazimir Malevich’s artworks, guide your beginner artists in the exploration of the use of art's key elements; shapes and color! Additionally, fine motor skills and creative expression are given a boost with a reflection piece and collage creation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Schedule time in class or at the school library to research other works from the artists of focus, as well as other artists who use shapes and color as a prominent element of their artwork
  • Go on a walking tour of the campus; invite scholars to point out geometric shapes they view along the way
  • Provide a journal that pupils can write their artistic reflections in during the lesson


Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson focuses on the artwork by Julie Speed, The Murder of Kasimir Malevich #8; and Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematism 3 and Suprematist Painting: Aeroplane Flying
  • Arts and crafts materials are required
  • Class members should be familiar with basic geometric shapes; circle, triangle, square, and rectangle  
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  • The directions are written clearly and in detail
  • Optional art ideas are provided
  • The plan is engaging and sparks creative dialogue through visually stimulating images
  • Click on the pictures of artwork on page seven to be directed to the artist's webpage; however, the link to view Julie Speed's specific piece of art no longer works, but the general page still exists