We looked at the work of San Diego based artist and educator Kim MacConnel and students identified different geometric shapes present in his paintings. We talked about how Kim's work does not look like real things, but that it is an interesting play of shape, color, and pattern.
During the construction of their collages, students had many choices to make regarding the placement of the shapes they were making to fill their MacConnel inspired collage. Students really enjoyed the freedom involved in the placement of their shapes. A few tried to make theirs look like mine, but there was a lot of enthusiasm and dialogue about the project as they were deciding where things were going to go.
Students were required to measure larger shapes, so they could cut smaller geometric shapes from them. students folded shapes in half and then cut along the folds and then we repeated this to quarter a couple of the geometric shapes.
I am thinking of installing these as a long continuous frieze in our auditorium.