Geometric shapes – shapes that are commonly found in geometry, such as squares, triangles and rectangles
Organic shapes – shapes that are commonly found in nature, usually with curved, irregular lines
Positive shape – the shape itself
Negative shape – the area around a shape or in between shapes, where you can see the background behind a shape
Repeating shapes – the same shape, repeated multiple times, often in a grouping or making a path across the paper
Stylized – an image which is simplified to the point of being abstract, but still carries a resemblance of it’s original form
1. No pencils allowed! “Draw” with your scissors only!!
2. Cut paper shapes in a variety of colors and sizes and arrange in a pleasing design on white or black background paper. Include geometric, organic, positive, and negative shapes and at least one repeating shape. (I put a list of these shapes on the board so students can tell if they’ve got them all!) Have some shapes overlap each other. Your collage can represent something or just be a totally abstract design. (If you choose to use representational shapes in your design, make them stylized rather than realistic.)
3. Glue your design to the background paper, the largest shapes first, then the smaller ones on top.