By Brandi Self, Arts360 District Coordinator

This lesson is a perfect culminating activity for a geometry unit on shapes and polygons. Children’s book illustrations are a great way to introduce your students to the elements and principles of visual art. Begin by having students look at different Eric Carle illustrations, particularly Dragons, Dragons. Discuss what they see and the techniques he uses. Point out that the illustrations are collages that utilize tissue paper he created. Students will then use the polygons they have been studying to create creature collages. A minimum of five different shapes needs to be part of the collage. As students are completing their collages, have them verbalize the different polygons they are using and explain their placement choices. Allow students time to examine each other’s collage and identify the different polygons that are utilized within the collages.

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Polygon Collage


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