Grade: all
Subject: Art

#1313. Line and Shape Game

Art, level: all
Posted Sat Sep 25 07:07:15 PDT 1999 by Cheri Harrell (
Early County High School, Blakely, GA, USA
Materials Required: paper, pencil, markers
Activity Time: 1/2 to 1 hour
Concepts Taught: art elements: line and shape

This lesson could also be used in math (geometry)

Teach about types of lines (vertical, horizontal, slant,
curve, wavy, zigzag) and shapes (circle, oval, square,
rectangle, triangle, trapizoid, parrallelogram, pentagon,
hexagon, octagon)

To reinforce how to draw these, display all the above on the
board or on a hand-out. Each student is to create a picture
of an actual scene or overlap the called out lines or shapes
into a space-breaker. 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.
Each student is given a turn to call out any shape or line
that they want. All the class must use that shape or line in
their art. If the class is small, it might require students
having to call out a choice twice. Color the resulting

My younger brothers and I used to spend many a rainy day
playing this game we invented. I took a chance that my
high school students would like it. They did. I got my proof
when a few students finished another project early and, -
on their own - busied themselves "playing the game."