Katie Morris

Pauline South

Lesson Title: 4th Grade Geometric Shape Paintings

Summary: Students will create watercolor paintings using geometric shapes and analogous colors.

Key Ideas: This lesson is intended to teach students about color theory, geometric shapes, composition, and painting.


  1. The students will learn the difference between geometric and organic shapes.
  2. The students will identify geometric shapes covered in their math curriculum.
  3. The students will arrange and trace geometric shapes to create an interesting composition with overlapping to create new shapes.
  4. The students will understand that analogous colors are side by side on the color wheel.
  5. The students will paint each shape with an analogous color combination.

Resources: Teacher example, Shape poster, Color Wheel Poster





Analogous Colors- Colors next to each other on the color wheel

Shapes- Square, Rectangle, Circle, Triangle, Ellipse, Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon,

Rhombus, Trapezoid


Thick /Watercolor Paper



Shape stencils


Watercolor Paint and Brushes


Presentation: This assignment will cover two 40-minute class periods.

Day 1: The teacher will review organic and geometric shapes with the students. The class will list geometric shapes they learn in Math class. The teacher will demonstrate tracing the shapes and model thinking about the composition. The teacher will show the students how to carefully trace the outline of the shapes with sharpie and erase stray pencil lines before passing out supplies. The students will arrange and trace their shapes to make an interesting composition with overlapping.

Day 2: The teacher will teach the students that analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel. The teacher will demonstrate painting each shape with a wet-on-wet watercolor technique. Each shape should have two analogous colors inside it. The teacher will also show the students how to sprinkle salt on wet watercolor paint to create a texture when it dries. The students will fill in the spaces of their painting with analogous color combinations.

Assessment: The teacher will observe the students during class to make sure that they are on task and following directions.

Kansas Visual Arts Standards Met:

Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media Techniques and Processes

Benchmark 4: The student selects and applies different media, techniques, and processes to communicate through works of art.

Benchmark 5: The student uses control in handling art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Standard 2: Using Knowledge of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design

Benchmark 3: The student visually communicates by incorporating the elements and key principles in works of art.

Standard 3: Creating Art Works Through Choice of Subjects, Symbols, and Ideas

Benchmark 2: The student incorporates images, subjects, and symbols into art works.

Standard 4: Understanding the Visual Arts in Relation to History and Cultures

Benchmark 3: The student creates art based on historical and cultural ideas of diverse people.

Standard 6: Making Connections Between the Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

Benchmark 3: The student identifies connections between the visual arts and non-artdisciplines.