Pre-kindergarten through first grade spent last week enjoying books exploring colors and shapes. I also promoted one of my favorite picture book authors, Michael Hall, author of My Heart Is Like A Zoo and Perfect Square, in addition to Shape Shift by Joyce Hasselberth.
After enjoying the illustrator’s masterful and playful use of shapes throughout these books, the students chose 2-3 shapes of their own to create their own works of art. I gave them zero instructions other than to use the shapes to create a picture, inspired by the concept in Hasselberth’s book.
Examples from Hasselberth: Creating an angry bull or a diving fish from a trapezoid and a crescent.
That was all the encouragement they needed!
A symmetrical face
A man with a beard
A tree with a bird flying
A snow man
The younger students just love doing art projects that extend what we are reading about, and I love to see their talent and creativity! On to historical picture books next!