Most children see an object as one shape. For instance, they think a horse is “horse-shaped” or an elephant is “elephant-shaped.” If asked to draw one, they usually start by trying to draw a profile of the animal, which is a very difficult task, even for an accomplished artist. But if you show a student that complicated shapes are merely several simple shapes combined together, the concept becomes easier. That’s exactly what this assignment is intended to do. In this fun series of robot paintings, we can see how students learn the basics of breaking down complicated objects into simple shapes.
Artwork courtesy of WAM: Washington’s Art Movement. WAM is an after school art program created by Paul Blanchard at Washington Elementary. The instructor is Alice Goodwin-Lynch.